Angola 3 News just conducted a great interview with James Ridgeway and Jean Casella at Solitary Watch. It comes during the lead up to a major hunger strike being organized to start on July 1st by prisoners held in long-term solitary confinement in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the notorious Pelican Bay Prison (which also houses political prisoner Hugo Pinellwho has been held in long-term solitary confinement for over 40 years, the longest of any political prisoner in the US).
The interview does a great job of describing the history of long-term solitary confinement and how we have reached the insane point in which
“there are at least 75,000 and perhaps more than 100,000 prisoners in solitary confinement on any given day in America.”
Here in Colorado the government is keeping captive thousands of these prisoners held in solitary confinement, including political prisoners Dr. Mutulu Shakur and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin at the Federal Supermax in Florence, CO.