Seven Days in Solitary

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Seven Days in Solitary [8/17/2014]

Solitary confinement cellThe following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts.

• A man who survived three years in solitary confinement in a New Jersey prison has had his lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections dismissed, on the grounds that he had not exhausted all available remedies to challenge the conditions. Lester Alford, who is still incarcerated, had alleged that he was denied legal assistance and endured deplorable conditions while held in solitary confinement.

• New York’s City Council will shortly vote on a bill that, if passed, would require the Department of Corrections to compile detailed data on the use of disciplinary segregation on Rikers Island.

• A Florida NPR station hosted a debate on how Florida should address the…

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SeriesThe BBC report BBC’s long struggle to present the facts without fear or favour

SeriesThe BBC report

BBC’s long struggle to present the facts without fear or favour


Police and striking miners at the Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham in 1984. Photograph: PA

In the seventh of our in-depth nine-part series on the past, present and future of the corporation, Charlotte Higgins investigates how the BBC has always striven to be independent and impartial, and it is more trusted than almost any other news provider. But has it drifted to the right?