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Amnesty International weighs in on California prisons hunger strike

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amnesty International weighed in on a 22-day-old hunger strike in California prisons on Tuesday, calling solitary confinement conditions faced by protesting inmates an "affront to human rights" and urging an impartial probe into the death of a prisoner. Full story

Inside a California prison’s solitary confinement

   An American who was held hostage by Iran for 26 months takes an inside look at solitary confinement in the California prison system. More than 2,300 prisoners in the state are on a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement conditions. Shane Bauer discusses.

California prisoners protest indefinite solitary confinement

Thousands of prisoners in California are on a hunger-strike, protesting treatment and conditions at facilities across the state. The chief complaint is solitary confinement, and it's indefinite use. Full story

Why the US holds so many prisoners in solitary confinement

Virtually no human contact? For years on end? It's a reality for thousands of inmates in U.S. prisons. Full story

Mental health erodes for inmates in solitary confinement

   Vice President of Public Affairs for The Fortune Society Glenn Martin, and Victoria Law, contributor for The Nation, join the Melissa Harris-Perry panel to look at what it feels like to be inside a cell at Pelican Bay Prison in California.

What’s happening to women in California prisons

   A new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that between 2006 and 2010, doctors with the California Department of Corrections sterilized nearly 150 female inmates  without state approval, and after allegedly coercing the women into undergoing the procedure. Melissa Harris-Perry’s

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  California prison doctors illegally sterilize female inmates

The allegations of illegal sterilization in California prisons echo the forced sterilization's that took place in California nearly 50 years ago - and serve as a sharp reminder of the California connection between eugenics and the Nazis.

  The prisoner who’s been in solitary confinement for 41 years

Herman Wallace, one of the two remaining imprisoned members of the Angola 3, has been in solitary confinement for 41 years for the 1972 murder conviction of prison guard Brent Miller, despite maintaining his innocence. Melissa Harris-Perry talks with Nick Trenticosta, one of Herman Wallace's attorne

  Dear Louisiana atty. general, human beings deserve respect

Melissa Harris-Perry gives a message to Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell about prisoners still in solitary confinement after 40 years.

  ‘Devastating consequences’ for minors in solitary

NBC’s Ted Koppel investigates the effects of solitary confinement on some of the country’s youngest and most vulnerable prisoners, some as young as 9 years old. He speaks with one former juvenile prisoner who calls it “the worst thing I ever went through.”

  Trapped in solitary confinement

Valarie Kaur shares her upcoming documentary "The Worst of the Worst," a first-person story of what it's like to be a prisoner trapped in solitary confinement.

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People carry a box and papers representing 60,000 signatures protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, to Governor Jerry Brown's office in Sacramento
People carry a box and papers representing 60,000 signatures protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, to Governor Jerry Brown's office in Sacramento

Marie Levin, Dolores Canales and Ronald Ahnen carry a box and papers representing 60,000 signatures protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, to Governor Jerry Brown's office at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California July 30, 2013. Hundreds of inmates are in the

A woman wears a t-shirt with a photo of her son who is in solitary confinement while protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, in Sacramento
A woman wears a t-shirt with a photo of her son who is in solitary confinement while protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, in Sacramento

Stephanie Sydow wears a t-shirt with a photo of her son who is in solitary confinement while protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, outside the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation office in Sacramento, California July 30, 2013. Her son is one of

Marie Levin comforts Dolores Canales after she brought 60,000 signatures protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, to Governor Jerry Brown's office in Sacramento
Marie Levin comforts Dolores Canales after she brought 60,000 signatures protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, to Governor Jerry Brown's office in Sacramento

Marie Levin comforts Dolores Canales, co-founder of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, after she brought 60,000 signatures protesting against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, to Governor Jerry Brown's office at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California July

A woman protests against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, in Sacramento
A woman protests against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, in Sacramento

Stephanie Sydow holds photos of inmates in solitary confinement during a protest against indefinite solitary confinement in California prisons, at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California July 30, 2013. Her son is one of hundreds of inmates in the 23rd day of a hunger strike in protest of indefin