The show begins with readings of various news briefs about prison around the world.
The use of segregation in Canadian Federal prisons is on the rise. We aired in part, an interview produced by CBC’s Power & Politics with Ombudsman Howard Sapers. We also interviewed Kim Pate, the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elisabeth Fry Societies, to speak on some of the issues that Howard Sapers brought up in order to discuss in-depth the issue of increased segregation.
Inside the United States, there are around 80,000 people in solitary confinement on any given day.
Last month, nearly 30,000 prisoners in California began a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement conditions and around 150 strikers are still refusing food.
Continuing with our on-going California prisoner hunger strike coverage we read excerpts of recent letters from prisoners on hunger strike from various prisons in California. This prisoner hunger strike in California began on July 8 and has so far resulted in one death, that of Billy Sell.
We interviewed Dr. Ronald Ahnen, Associate Professor of Politics at Saint Mary’s College of California where he regularly teaches courses on Human Rights and the Politics of Imprisonment. Dr. Ahnen is President of California Prison Focus, a non-profit prisoner rights advocacy organization in Oakland, California. He has served on the hunger striking prisoners’ Mediation Team since July of 2011, when the first series of hunger strikes took place beginning from the SHU at Pelican Bay State Prison.
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