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Starving for a Voice

What’s in a name? Administrative Detention; Segregated Housing; Intensive Management. All of these terms – which sound institutional and not particularly nefarious—mean one thing: solitary confinement. Solitary confinement is the practice of fully isolating prisoners in minuscule cells for 22-24 hours a day, devoid of human contact and mental stimulus, for a matter of days … Continue reading

Remembering the Giles-Johnson Case

It started out slow and easy, a lazy July evening spent fishing and swimming in Maryland’s Patuxent River.  Hours later, the lives of three young black men had been forever altered after encountering a racial and sexual tinderbox on a lovers’ lane in Montgomery County. The year was 1961.  It was nearing midnight when John Giles, James Giles, … Continue reading

In Pursuit of Empathy

This past Monday, two great things happened. First, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that federal prosecutors would no longer be able to invoke the draconian mandatory minimum sentence laws for low-level drug offenses. A product of the failed “War on Drugs,” these mandatory minimums were almost single-handedly responsible for the 800% increase in prisoners … Continue reading

The Prosecutor

On November 2nd 2007, in the hillside town of Perugia, Italy, behind a locked door and covered up by a duvet, Meredith Kercher’s body was discovered. The British exchange student was half-clothed and had been stabbed multiple times in the throat. The cause of death was asphyxiation. Her short life and tragic death are now steeped … Continue reading