solitary_confinement_cell_auschwitz_13The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts.

Salon writes about the solitary confinement of Michael Douglas’s son, Cameron Douglas, after the actor made an Emmy-night statement denouncing the conditions in which his son is being held.

• According to the Denver Post, half of all Colorado parolees who went on to be charged with murder has been held in solitary confinement while in prison–and often released directly to the streets.

• In the Atlantic, Andrew Cohen reports on the suicide of a man with severe mental illness who was being held in extreme isolation at the federal government’s ADX supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

• A Los Angeles Times editorial condemns the use of solitary confinement on people in immigrant detention. It praises ICE’s recent decision to curtail the use of isolation, and urges Congress to restrict the practice by law.

• The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports on Angola 3 member Albert Woodfox’s legal motion to put a stop to the strip searches he must undergo every time he leaves his solitary confinement cell–often several times a day. The 68-year-old Woodfox has been in solitary for 41 years.

• In the National Law Journal, Columbia Law professor Vivian Berger writes a measured opinion piece opposing prison isolation, titled “Solitary Confinement’s High Costs More Than Monetary.”

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