Monthly Archives: July 2014

Rotterdam conference Supermax

Rotterdam conference 9 October 2014 : Supermax prisons in the Netherlands and abroad

Date: Thursday October 9, 2014 Time: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with drinks afterwards Intended audience: legal scholars, behavioral scientists, practitioners etc. Costs: the conference is free Organization: Erasmus School of Law, Departments of Criminal Law and Criminology, Research Program Monitoring Safety and Security Location: M-building (Forumzaal M3-15), Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, campus Woudestein, Burgemeester Oudlaan…

Human rights watch report cover july 2014

Human Rights Watch Report 21 July 2014 : Illusion of justice (on extreme isolation endured by terrorism suspects)

“….Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, more than 500 people, or about 40 cases a year, have been prosecuted in federal courts on terrorism charges. As of October, Human Rights Watch said, U.S. prisons held 475 people indicted in connection with or convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses. Of those serving sentences, the report…

Avery Gordon

Contributing authors

    Luk Vervaet, Prison activist and writer. Co-founder of Actually preparing a book on the introduction of maximum security prisons in Belgium and Europe, including the practice of solitary confinement. In 2008, Luk started the Belgian Prisoners’Family &FriendsAssociation ( In 2009, with Farida Aarrass he launched the Campaign Free Ali Aarrass ( )….

florence typical cell

Amnesty International 16/07/2014 : Détention en isolement en violation du droit international (français + Nederlands + English)

(français) La prison de très haute sécurité (supermax) à Florence, dans le Colorado, maintient les prisonniers dans un isolement extrême et prolongé en violation du droit international. La pratique du gouvernement étasunien qui consiste à maintenir les prisonniers dans un isolement prolongé dans la seule prison fédérale supermax des Etats-Unis, est un traitement cruel, inhumain…

A year of brutal violence NYT

Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail

“…Just a few weeks earlier, Andre Lane was locked in solitary confinement in a Rikers cellblock reserved for inmates with mental illnesses when he became angry at the guards for not giving him his dinner and splashed them with either water or urine. Correction officers handcuffed him to a gurney and transported him to a…

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