Solitary Confinement: "The Soul Cries and the Brain Shrinks"

Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King make up the “Angola 3,” prisoners who were targeted for punishment and placed in solitary confinement at the Angola Prison in Louisiana because they were members of the Black Panther Party. King was released from Angola in February 2001, but Wallace and Woodfox are still in prison. April 17 marks 40 years that they have been in solitary confinement.

We spoke with Robert King and Nick Trenticosta, an attorney for Wallace and Woodfox, separately by phone last week.

Only thing I know is this, when you are in solitary confinement, the best way I could describe it is, the soul cries and I think the brain shrinks. Especially if you are in a 6x9x12 foot cell, your brain is automatically shrinking, and I think everything else shrinks with it. And I think that’s lasting.
Read the interview with Robert King »

People have to be able to look at this and say this just isn’t right. Unless you can justify this craziness you just have to stop it.
Read the interview with Nick Trenticosta »



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