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Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement


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Kalief Browder, Albert Woodfox and the Torture of Solitary Confinement

Amy Goodman

Twelve days after his 22nd birthday, Kalief Browder wrapped an air-conditioner power cord around his neck and hanged himself. In 2010, at the age of 16, he was arrested after being accused of stealing a backpack. He would spend three years in New York City’s Rikers Island prison, more than two of those years in solitary confinement. He was beaten by prison guards and inmates alike. He was not serving a sentence; he was in pretrial detention. He declined all plea bargains. He wanted his day in court, to prove his innocence. A judge finally dismissed the case against him.


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Let's also emphasize the bullying strategy of the plea bargain process. The state wants a win at all cost. Justice, not so much.


#4

As usual, you mistake the guards for the inmates.