Solitary Confinement and Human Rights: An evening of American stories
November 9th, 2012
6.30-8.30pm (evening session)
33 S. State st. 7th floor
Hosted by the Midwest Coalition for HUman Rights and Amnesty International
About the event:
Please joint us for an evening to consider the US's use of solitary confinement. Through art and story, we will look at three regionally diverse cases.
For more information about this event, contact Claire Leslie (cleslie@MidwestHumanRights.org)
For details about the Sullivan Gallery human rights art exhibits, see their "Current Schedule" at http://www.saic.edu/sullivangalleries/
Member of the Angola 3
North American Research Team
The Stories we will tell
The Angola 3:40 years ago, three men were convicted of murder and condemned to solitary confinement in Louisiana's Angola prison. Two have remained in isolation ever since. The third, Robert King, was released after 29 years and is committed to sharing his story with the world.
California Secure Housing Unites: Hundreds of prisoners have been confined in California's high-security segregation units for 10 or more years in conditions of severe isolation. The issue caught the public eye when, in summer 2011, inmates launched a hunger strike. Tessa Murphy will share recent research on conditions in CA's security housing units.
TAMMS CMAX: 200 inmates in Illinois Tamms Closed Maximum Security Unit (CMAX) languish in prolonged solitary conferment. Governor Quinn blocked funding to the facility in July, 2012- but it remains open today. The story of Tamms will be told through the "Tamms Year Ten Campaign Office" exhibit at Sullivan Galleries.
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