An American who was taken hostage and imprisoned in Iran, compares his experience in solitary confinement with those of prisoners in California. If you don’t know a lot about America’s prison system, I urge you to read this article. It will affect your thoughts on our legal system, prisons, and how we punish and “rehabilitate” criminals in this country. And for those of you like myself, who are already concerned with our prisons, I still recommend that you read this article—it’s a sad but necessary reminder that we’re taking away people’s freedom, in the same way non-democratic countries do, without actually caring about the humanity of prisoners/criminals or their rights to justice and rehabilitation.
- Shane Bauer’s article about solitary confinement: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/solitary-confinement-shane-bauer?page=1
- And because the article reminded me of her theories, here’s the amazing Angela Davis talking about America’s prison industrial complex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Yh8ZrGhzJIM