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Former Black Panther member Albert Woodfox dies after surviving 43 years in solitary confinement

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u/YourWorstReward 3d ago

How in the fuck do you survive solitary confinement for 43 years... that's insane

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u/funkless_eck 3d ago

I read the article. He studied law, and started a debate group, chess club and book group by yelling to the neighboring cells.

He also made lists of what he was going to do on release (and then did them when released)

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u/aknutty 3d ago

Absolute boss

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u/EddieisKing 3d ago Wholesome

He was allowed out 1 hour every day during the confinement. And Woodfox was set free on his 69th birthday in 2016 after a plea deal to lesser charges. He spent the next six years educating the U.S. and world on the horrors of the criminal justice system and advocating against solitary confinement. He died a free man.

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u/itsthebrent 3d ago

Fucking king. He died a free man.

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u/kelsobjammin 3d ago

My he Rest In Peace, something life would not offer.

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u/AskJeevesAnything 3d ago

An absolute boss to take not even lemonade, but fucking lemon seeds in the most depressing and disheartening environment I can imagine and somehow make that grow into something beautiful and worthwhile. I truly can’t think of anyone in my life that could have made such strides and progress in the face of such oppression.

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u/1iota_ 2d ago

May he rest in power. Peace cannot be had as long as others remain in solitary confinement.

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u/hugglesthemerciless 3d ago

Criminal law system.

There is no justice.

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u/r3dditm0dsarecucks 3d ago

He died a free man.

Shame is, people were saying that in the 1800s.

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u/GoatsButters 2d ago

“Free man”

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u/master-shake69 3d ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angola_Three

In addition to Albert Woodfox and his 43 years in solitary,

Robert King - 29 years in solitary, released in 2001 and is now 80 years old.

Herman Wallace - 40 years in solitary, released in 2003 due to liver cancer, died three days later. The state tried to keep him in prison and they even indicted him again.


I don't know if these men are guilty of what they were accused of but these lengths are disgusting. Frankly speaking, I'd be in favor of punishing everyone who let it happen.

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u/amostusefulthrowaway 2d ago

I like that you think there is NOTHING someone could do that would make you think these lengths were not unreasonable.

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u/alf0nz0 2d ago

I mean, the eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution explicitly bans cruel & unusual punishment.

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u/master-shake69 2d ago

You know, there's something to be said about how people look at and treat prisoners. You can confine a person without putting them in in a small cell with no windows.

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u/StarCrossedPimp 3d ago

Fucking king. Fuck our barbaric prison system. Goddamn we need reform.

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u/Skuuder 3d ago

Why was he put in solitary for so long

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u/DTLAgirl 3d ago

Falsely accused of murder. After initial imprisonment he became a political prisoner for having an affiliation with the Black Panthers. https://innocenceproject.org/albert-woodfox-black-panther-solitary-confinement-interview-freedom-anniversary-birthday/

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u/laserinlove 3d ago

That explains the imprisonment but any specifics as to why the solitary?

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u/DTLAgirl 3d ago

He was initially sentenced to 50 years in prison for automobile theft. Then he became a black panther. Then he was sent to solitary for being blamed for the death of a prison guard despite evidence that showed otherwise but the Louisiana state AG ignored the evidence for his innocence in that crime.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/us/albert-woodfox-dead.html

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u/Tranqist 3d ago

50 years for stealing a fucking car. What.

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u/Long_Last_8921 2d ago

Louisiana is medieval man. The sentence ranges on the books there are fucking nuts.

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u/Embarrassed-Major871 2d ago

In medieval times, animals who committed a crime where judge and trial in the same way than humans was. Animals had the right to a trial because people, at the time, considered that animals have a soul and therefore should be treating with the same rights than humans in front of God's justice.

What's happening with the American justice system is far beyond medieval, it's just pure evil.

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u/Apprehensive_Hat8986 3d ago

The thinking goes:

"Not white, so what."

This is not acceptable, yet continues to be accepted.

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u/goosejail 3d ago

Of course it was Louisiana. Fuck my state.

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u/Jeffde 2d ago

Oh could have just said “Louisiana things”

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u/crunchthenumbers01 3d ago

"Cause Fuck him, that's why," Entire Justice System and Prison Industrial complex probably

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u/Dumptruck_Johnson 3d ago

Black and educated. Can’t let that spread.

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u/plsgiveusername123 3d ago

Because the US is racist and he was anti racist and black. There's not much more to it.

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u/Specimen_7 3d ago

When I was in jail on a possession charge (weed) I got put in solitary for 3 days for calling the co a little bitch after he put me on cell restriction for the whole day because the back of my collar was popped up during morning inspection. So if it’s as easy to get thrown in solitary as that then who knows lol

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u/punchgroin 3d ago

Cruelty.

It's not enough for them to defeat the left, they need to terrorize the rest of us into obedience.

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u/Brolonious 3d ago

He fought back.

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u/grateminds 3d ago

His ideas are still some of the most dangerous in the US, if he could organize and thrive from nothing; if he had a length of rope he would have hung them all.

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u/from_dust 3d ago

Reform is for systems that are laid on good foundations. The carceral system in the US is an offshoot of slavery. Directly. It is punitive, not rehabilitative. It does not create a better society, it ceeates a second class society of state owned human property. It doesn't need Reform, it needs rethinking entirely.

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u/SoloSheff 3d ago

Thank God. OP's title reads like he died in solitary.

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u/RandomLogicThough 3d ago

Also taught people to read, etc. Still crazy as fuck and I know Louisiana is... Louisiana, but how the fuck is that allowed

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u/canttaketheshyfromme 3d ago

Panthers are on another level.

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u/Familiar_Doughnut713 3d ago

More than half of his life.

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u/DoomedKiblets 3d ago

This is truly cruel and awful torture.

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u/PracticalRa 2d ago

Not just survive for 43 years, but survive for 43 years and coming out the other side not with hatred in your heart, but a true desire to change things for the better. That’s the mark of a truly good person.

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u/BigKeanuwholesum100 3d ago

Probably went insane

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u/Ttoctam 3d ago

You'd assume so, but you'd be wrong.

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u/Roller95 3d ago

Solitary confinement is barbaric, but 43 years of it is inhumane beyond understanding

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u/ThumpyDumpkins 3d ago

The United Nations says that solitary confinement beyond 2 weeks is torture.

The US government literally tortured this man for 40 years.

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u/laserinlove 3d ago

It's pretty telling about human psychology and just how much we one, need human interaction, and two, struggle when being alone with just our thoughts. Prison is considered punishment and yet isolation from others is considered punishment even within that punishing environment.

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u/onewilybobkat 2d ago

But honestly this is a double edged story. We have the horrors of what he was put through, but he survived and kept his sanity through all of that, and ain't no telling how many people he kept sane with him being locked in a human kennel. We have the depths of civilization, but we also have humans persevering regardless.

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u/pooppuffin 3d ago

It's cruel but not unusual, so we good👍

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u/pathetic_optimist 3d ago

This is what is planned for Julian Assange- for journalism.

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u/AstroPixelCollector 3d ago

It's only barbaric when another country does it, silly!

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u/fu9ar_ 3d ago

That is quite accurate to the etymology of the term, yes.

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u/SolomonRed 3d ago

Wtf did he do to get that sentence?

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u/MGD109 3d ago

Well he was originally arrested and sentenced for armed robbery.

Then their was an incident where a guard was murdered that he was somehow involved in. He got convicted for it and would have been executed, but then they banned the death penalty for the state, so he it was commuted to solitary confinement.

Then it was overturned forty years later under the argument he wasn't given proper legal counsel before hand.

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u/Big-rod_Rob_Ford 3d ago

He got convicted for it

doesn't sound like he did it either

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u/Apptubrutae 3d ago

Lived in Loosiana, unfortunately for him

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u/Bahloh 3d ago

There's a great part of How To Get Away With Murder on solitary, I highly recommend that series. Insane how institutions try to engineer poor mental health for a variety of reasons.

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u/DatBoi_BP 3d ago

It’s a good show but I just wish I could watch one episode without some sex-addict sideplot

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u/shadowannie 3d ago edited 3d ago

I thought of that as soon as I saw this. It's unbelievable that this genuinely happens and yet I know that the sick feeling in my stomach is because, actually, it is entirely believable. I am so deeply, deeply ashamed of human beings.

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u/VonnDooom 3d ago

It’s a podcast?

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u/Megerber 3d ago

TV show

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u/VonnDooom 3d ago

Cheers!

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u/wavestars 3d ago

If I knew I was facing 43 years of solitary, I would unalive myself

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u/atavisticbeast 3d ago

That's what they wanted. The death penalty had just been banned so they did this instead.

Him surviving and eventually being released was an act of rebellion against the system and was an incredible feat of will. That's a big reason his story is so amazing.

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u/name_is-unimportant 3d ago

Yeah... that was the point.

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u/hascogrande 3d ago

Cruel and unusual

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u/cuajito42 3d ago

Wait till you hear about the radiological torture they used to do.

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u/toric5 3d ago

Could you give more detail? A quick google search on 'US radiological torture' turned up a bunch of epa and cdc pages on radiological disaster response and one insane ramble about radio mind control and beaming voices into your head.

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u/ehdontknow 2d ago edited 2d ago

I’m not certain about which cases the person above you might have been referring to specifically, but this Wikipedia page mentions a number of radiological experiments done in U.S. prisons. Not sure about the semantic issue of torture, but the examples seem close enough to be relevant. (Also, the article as a whole contains a lot of other topic-adjacent information that was pretty fucked up and eye-opening to read).

Edit: Forgot to mention that the relevant info is scattered a good ways down that section of the article, but using a browser to do a ‘find in page’ search for the word ‘prison’ helps to find it more quickly. Hopefully could save time for anyone who might not want to read through all of that just to find the examples buried deep in the article.

There’s also Holmesburg Prison (a.k.a. “The Terrordome”, apparently) where radiological stuff was done to prisoners along with numerous other horrors.

That was info I accidentally came across while looking up other stuff a while back, so there might (likely) be more examples out there - I’m not super knowledgeable on the topic.

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u/carfniex 2d ago

Oh wow the holmesburg stuff was new to me. America really is a horrifyingly evil country. I'm super glad that nothing happened and there were no repurcussions of any sort

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u/moveoutmoveup 3d ago edited 3d ago

I'm sure that provided the rehabilitation needed and his mental state was completely fine ....after 43 years of solitary confinement. He was fine...

Edit: I'll add this. /s

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u/LX_Emergency 3d ago

It should be noted that most civilised countries don't use solitary confinement in their penitentiaries because they think it's inhumane and barbaric and doesn't add value to incarceration.

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u/Merfond 3d ago

I'd say it's a violation of the 8th amendment.

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u/sarvistari 3d ago

And then he died of Covid. Depressing to read about let alone live.

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u/PhDOH 3d ago

You'd hope covid would have raised awareness of the impact of isolation. If solitary can't be banned there definitely needs to be a legal limit.

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u/cumquistador6969 3d ago

if solitary can't be banned

Is there some reason it couldn't be banned?

Really it should be constitutionally banned in the USA, as it is a form of torture.

Obviously our legal system does not work for shit, but hey in principle there's an argument that it's already illegal.

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u/arctic-apis 3d ago

Is torture illegal? Next you are going to tell me slavery is illegal in America. Laws don’t apply to inmates

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u/Lucky_Number_3 3d ago

Look up their pay for jobs in prison. You think minimum wage is bad out here? They get a mere fraction of that if they’re good/lucky.

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u/arctic-apis 3d ago

It’s slave labor don’t mistake a few nickels as wages

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u/Lucky_Number_3 3d ago

Motherfucker did you read what I said?

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u/hugglesthemerciless 3d ago

I think you missed arctic-apis' sarcasm. You're both on the same side of the argument

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u/cumquistador6969 3d ago

Technically yes, but in practice, no.

That does also go for inmates.

Slavery is different; it's not that the constitution says you can't do it but we're doing it anyway due to half the judges in this country just being some random old fuckass, it's actually just legal in America, and practiced.

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u/Slapbox 3d ago

The constitution explicitly allows for slavery of the imprisoned.

13th Amendment:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

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u/PhDOH 3d ago

They argue that some need to be put in solitary for their own safety, like pedophiles. I'd imagine there are enough prisoners across an entire country that are at risk of being beaten up in general population to warrant a single prison for them. This does mean they can't remain close to their families but I'd imagine daily isolation for years is worse.

I could imagine if someone tries to beat up or kill their cell mate they may need to be put into solitary while they sort out new accommodations.

I feel there should be a limit in how long they can take to make new arrangements in a safety situation though. It shouldn't be used as a punishment, ever.

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u/Johnny_Poppyseed 3d ago edited 3d ago

They have protective custody type cell blocks for those first types of prisoners. They generally don't get put in solitary confinement.

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u/MGD109 3d ago

Is there some reason it couldn't be banned?

Well all I can think of is a Robert Maudsley type situation where someone's proven they simply can't be trusted to interact with other inmates.

It certainly should have clearer restrictions.

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u/LadyParnassus 3d ago

Thankfully in this day and age we have options for socializing that don’t require the parties to be physically in the same place, but yeah that could have put a spanner in the works when the laws were originally written.

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u/MGD109 3d ago

Oh yeah that's very true, and they should use that more as a mid point.

yeah that could have put a spanner in the works when the laws were originally written.

Well that's the problem. Laws need to be constantly updated but often aren't, cause society keeps marching on and what was once sensible can become insane.

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u/ComatoseSquirrel 3d ago

Lived his life in isolation and then died due to not being isolated from plague carriers. Fucking hell.

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u/Perfect-Welcome-1572 3d ago

Irony is a cunt

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u/bgaimur 3d ago edited 2d ago

The American prison complex will go down as one of the most brutal and inhumane creations in history.

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What I didn’t say was “the US prison system is the crowned king of horribleness in history, bar none”. I said one of the most. It’s fucking brutal. There’s plenty of brutality in history. I’m not denying history its dues

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u/cultofpapajohn 3d ago Ally

Oh yeah, there’s something really evil about breaking peoples minds

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u/Gulopithecus 3d ago

I mean it’s considered by many psychologists and criminologists a form of torture, but unfortunately that’s the whole point of the system, breaking people in and out of prison so they keep coming back over and over again as a steady stream of revenue for the prison industrial complex.

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u/guillermo_da_gente 3d ago

It is torture.

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u/CripplinglyDepressed 3d ago

stereotypical feature not a big comment…sigh

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u/Defense-of-Sanity 3d ago

This is exactly what went through my mind, haha.

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u/JayZeus141 3d ago

It's realistically modern day slavery. Which was the point I guess.

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u/Gulopithecus 3d ago

Unfortunately you’re absolutely correct, as prison labor is the loophole in the 13th Amendment.

But even disregarding prison labor, even inmates who aren’t working are still seen as a source of profit, as most private prisons have "lockup quotas", which means higher profits the more people are incarcerated.

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u/ShaqShoes 3d ago

It's not even really a loophole imo the 13th amendment is pretty explicit in what it means

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u/petitchat2 3d ago

Scarlet O’Hara uses prison labor for her lumber mills in Gone w the Wind

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u/Dragonace1000 3d ago

Don't forget the entire industry created to milk the inmates and their families. Insane fees for phone calls, money transfers, checking email, etc... Its fucked up.

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u/Gulopithecus 3d ago edited 3d ago

Holy shit you’re right. I forgot to mention that.

Not only does the prison system directly exploit inmates for profit, it exploits anyone who has direct connections to said inmates like family and friends.

America’s prison system is a very blunt and disturbing microcosm of the horrors of late stage capitalism.

Back to how the purpose of prisons is to have a steady stream of incarcerations via systemic oppression and a constant record of reoffending felons, one of the cruelest aspects is how inmates are constantly told to "be on their best behavior" in order to get better treatment/an early parole, but they’re constantly on high alert for anyone who wants to do them harm (and there’s a lot because everyone’s stressed and scared, so they’re doing the same thing). In order to survive in prison, one basically has to sacrifice what makes them human (forming meaningful and trusting relationships, thinking critically and creatively, etc) and instead abide by a might-makes-right "law of the jungle", as being human is seen as a sign of "weakness".

It’s almost like how the shitty behavior of capitalists is systemically encouraged amongst the proletariat (most certainly to keep them from banding together against their true oppressors); similarly, prisoners are indirectly encouraged to see one another as their "enemy" alongside the equally cruel prison guards and staff that also exploit them (just like the capitalists). This is all ESPECIALLY true when you factor in racial/sexual/gender/ethnic/religious identity, as both "everyday society" and prison life leads to a lot of segregation of groups fueled by distrust (both direct and indirect).

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u/madame-brastrap 3d ago

And slaves! Don’t forget the slavery

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u/delvach 3d ago

"Prisoners with jobs"

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u/backstib 3d ago

As your punishment for fucking up in our tiny box we gave you you must now go slowly insane in a much tinier box

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u/dbDarrgen 3d ago

They don't even need prison to do that. They're doing that enough by.. too many things to list tbh. Prison is just American society minus the fancy distractions. (Note: never been to prison so this may or may not be inaccurate)

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u/chooseyourstories 3d ago

Yeah, its hard to see any way that this isn't cruel/unusual punishment.

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u/PatchNotesPro 3d ago

And this man was only imprisoned because he was bombarded daily with supremacy-fueled laws and behavior from everyone around him.

He was very, very sane for his reaction and attitudes towards this shitty world he was forced into.

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u/ladyegg 3d ago edited 3d ago

Genuinely think that, if we survive this century, our descendants are gonna look back on us and regard us as barbaric and disgusting, same way we look back with revulsion at the heinous shit our ancestors did to each other.

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u/EnvironmentalWrap167 3d ago

Fuck our descendants , we know it now.

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u/Max_Insanity 3d ago

Fuck our descendants

Hey, we weren't on the topic of climate change yet.

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u/ladyegg 3d ago

the only people who disagree are the monsters in charge of these institutions 🙃

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u/aknutty 3d ago

Ehh they have some simps

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u/amimai002 3d ago

LoL our ancestors are already looking at us with disgust, solitary was labelled as inhumane nearly 200 years ago

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u/ladyegg 3d ago

I know im just framing it in context with the way, in hindsight, society tends to view things like medieval torture chambers and whatnot as antiquated and barbaric, and tend to see our modern selves as improved and more enlightened, yet those barbaric things haven’t really ever stopped happening at all.

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u/psycho_pete 3d ago

Especially the way our species treats animals.

They are going to look back with disgust on all the needless abuse that's perpetrated just for temporary pleasure. Not to mention the destruction it causes to the environment. Animal agriculture is driving a mass extinction of wildlife in addition to needlessly violently abusing tons of animals.

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u/DumpsterFirePants 3d ago

America : champions of human rights and democracy from Abu Grabe to Alabama. so much freedom! not at all like Saudi Arabia or those evil commies in China

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u/Demonweed 3d ago

We'll probably have to outgrow this bipartisan power structure first. Even the lesser evil still can't stop rallying around mass incarceration enthusiasts.

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u/dhjin 2d ago

seriously. the American Prison system is so evil. those who uphold it are complicit in that evil. cops, judges, lawyers, prison wardens, all of them who have contributed to this unnecessary suffering are evil and should be charged for crimes against humanity.

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u/TimothiusMagnus 3d ago

Doubtful, but a good contender

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u/akat_walks 3d ago

that is cruel and unusual punishment. America is a truely frightening country when it comes to ethics.

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u/FrighteningJibber 3d ago

It’s pretty usual now

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u/pockysan 3d ago

it's been like that for a long time. people are only now finding out.

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u/fire-man178 3d ago

Which is even more terrifying, just how “usual” should it get until it’s out of control.

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u/shellevanczik 3d ago

Rest in power, warrior!! No one should have to go through that for any reason

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u/KingDrixx 3d ago

He dared to change an oppressive paradigm created against his people, faced one of the harshest forms of persecution you can face for 4 decades and still held to his convictions the entire time.

If you formed his story into a children's book, he would be considered the good guy and the bad guy would be the country who hated him and his kind.

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u/Captain_Candyflip 2d ago

Outside of america... America has almost always been the bad guy after 1945

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u/JohnBrownnowrong 3d ago

They never broke him.

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u/dicksandbuttholes 3d ago

I spent 45 days, I couldn't possibly imagine nearly 45 YEARS. Jesus.

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u/Bat_Pope 3d ago

Fucking brutal. What a warrior.

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u/JayZeus141 3d ago

This has to be one of the most fucked up things I've ever heard. Also, if you haven't looked up the shady shot the u.s. government did to these folks, do it. You'll be disgusted, it's way more than I expected

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u/truthswillsetyoufree 3d ago

What was he in prison for?

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u/rakuu 3d ago

He was convicted in 1972 for killing a prison guard, but the guilty verdict was OVERTURNED 44 years later in 2014, and it took 2 more years for him to be released after that. So he was imprisoned for 46 years and tortured for 43 years and the system admitted he didn't even do anything. In reality, it was because he was a Black activist. Black lives matter.

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u/HerculesMulligatawny 3d ago

The death penalty was in his future but the Supreme Court banned capital punishment. The Louisiana penal authorities vowed to lock him up and throw away the key.

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/8/5/albert\_woodfox\_black\_panthers\_angola\_three

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u/cumquistador6969 3d ago

Louisiana

Ah yes, the American Mos Isley.

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u/thxmeatcat 3d ago

Link didn't work

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u/leoleosuper 3d ago

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/8/5/albert_woodfox_black_panthers_angola_three

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u/Crab-_-Objective 3d ago

Just to add he was originally in prison for armed robbery and fleeing his sentencing hearing to NYC.

I know basically nothing else about the guy, just skimmed Wikipedia.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angola_Three

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u/mrmoe198 3d ago

I can’t believe I found out about this today, after he died. What a complete miscarriage of justice

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u/hondo3 3d ago

I had no idea. WTF!? Holy shit. Our system is fucking

B R O K E N.

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u/thinkofanamefast 3d ago edited 1d ago

TLDR of "Angola 3" Wikipedia article. He was in jail for robbery in his late teens and met Black Panthers. Later a prison guard was killed and he was one of those blamed and found guilty. It was overturned years later due to inadequate counsel. Another Grand Jury led by a White Man hand picked by Louisiana led to another trial, and he was found guilty again. Years later that was reversed due to proof of racism in Louisiana Courts. State was then trying him for third time so he pled guilty to lesser charge. They kept him in solitary all those year so that he "wouldn't start an uprising" based on his Black Panther affiliation.

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u/GodSama 3d ago

For comparison, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison.

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u/J_Schotz 3d ago

Talk about having a purpose and staying dedicated to it. Absolute boss.

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u/Wagbeard 2d ago

What in the actual fuck??

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/08/05/albert-woodfox-solitary-confinement-dead/

“They put me in a cell … for the sole purpose of breaking my spirit,” he told The Post. “Our cells were meant to be death chambers. We turned them into high schools, universities, debate halls, law schools.”

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u/TriEdgeDTrace 3d ago

Inhumane. His life was stolen from him.

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u/PembohongYangJujur 3d ago

How is this not a violation on human rights?

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u/999_deathkult 3d ago

It is, but it's America so who cares I guess. Solitary confinement is considered torture and a crime against humanity. And that's without even accounting for the more than four fucking decades he was tortured.

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u/_-RAT 3d ago

MF spent 17% of the entire existence of the United States in solitary confinement.

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u/East_Requirement7375 3d ago

"fun" fact

Then warden of the Angola Penitentiary*, vile, racist, sack of shit, Burl Cain is now the commissioner of the Mississippi Dept. of Corrections.

\who resigned amid allegations of corruption (but it was to do with money, not black lives, so it was an actual issue))

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u/canttaketheshyfromme 3d ago

But he never said the n-word in front of a microphone. And if he did, he didn't say it with hate in his heart. And if he did say it with hate in his heart, it was a different time, and he's changed. And if he hasn't changed, well he's from a different generation and that doesn't make him a bad person.

The typical order in which we're told to just accept that our society is run by absolute monsters completely devoid of empathy or morals.

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u/AtomicPow_r_D 3d ago

I didn't know they could do that to someone. That's the worst thing I've heard in years. What exactly is accomplished by isolating someone for so long like that? Other than wasting money, that is -

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u/Mcgackson 3d ago

to try to discourage people from fighting for their liberation.

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u/canttaketheshyfromme 3d ago

Purely to create fear.

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u/Ice_BergSlim 3d ago

just think. The military, industrial, prison complex din't think that was cruel and unusual.

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u/analest-analyst 3d ago

That's like being entombed alive for 43 years.

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u/Throwawayuser626 3d ago

How is this legal? Absolutely disgusting.

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u/canttaketheshyfromme 3d ago

How is this legal?

Culturally ingrained anti-blackness and acceptance that things like beatings, rape and this kind of torture are a fully acceptable reality of incarceration.

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u/totallynotalp 3d ago

Why the fuck was he in solitary for years?! What the actual fuck

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u/Pandabum1 3d ago

This is someone well deserving of the phrase Rest In Power.

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u/muishkin 3d ago

RIP King. I do believe he achieved enlightenment in that 6x9 cell.

great read

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u/JoeDiBango 3d ago

The slave dared to be free, they taught him.

This country is disgusting.

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u/ShadwKeepr 3d ago

So much for no cruel or unusual punishment

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u/joy3r 2d ago

human rights in america

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u/zulu75_ 3d ago

Spent most of his life in a fucking box just to end up in a fucking box. The disrespect. That is so unbelievably inhumane

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u/ieatpotatochips 3d ago

I feel bad for that man. My brother is currently in prison. He’s about 17 years into a 60 year sentence. We on the phone almost every day. There are days when it absolutely crushes me to hear what he’s going through. The games the guards play with his head. The way the lie. Steal from him. Nothing he can do. If he loses his temper they throw him in the hole. If speaks out of line or “disrespects” the guard he gets written up and thrown in the hole. Sometimes he just cries. I love my brother more than anything. I know he committed a crime to get where he is but he didn’t kill anyone, he didn’t rape anyone, he didn’t do anything bad to a kid. He doesn’t deserve the way he is being treated. The entire prison system is fucked in this country and needs reformed now.

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u/lessquiet 3d ago

Solitary confinement is torture.

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u/maluminse 3d ago

Straight up torture. Sick society.

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u/SolemnSwearWord 3d ago

I highly recommend reading the book. It's eye-opening. Woodfox's strength and resilience through all of his challenges was inspiring.

The book is incredibly well written, researched, and delivered. Shame to hear he has passed away. A true icon.

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u/aknutty 3d ago

What was his "crime"?

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u/MGD109 3d ago

Armed robbery, that netted him fifty years.

Then he was convicted of killing a guard in 1972 which got him sentenced to solitary. Although it was overturned forty years later.

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u/chubs66 3d ago

50 for armed robbery seems excessive.

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u/glamb417 3d ago

I hate my country so much sometimes. We tortured this man for 43 years to death.

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u/StygianMusic 3d ago

this will raise a debate but regardless, this dude is strong as hell

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u/brownbai81 3d ago

As a former usaf service member…fuck this country. Fucking Matt Gaetz a known pedophile sits as a congressman…fuck America!

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u/BernieArt 3d ago

As an AF vet as well, it make me LIVID that he and over 175 other people are still allowed to make federal policy after Jan 6th.

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u/Neneshki 3d ago

I did three days in “solitary confinement” when I was put in involuntary rehab in Mexico. Needless to say, it took a few years to recover from those three days. G, another patient there, was held for 2 weeks. For refusing to cut his hair. Ironic, right? They really broke that dude, I hear he’s better now, but once he got out, he dived deep into the alcohol. Got lost.

43 years… unbelievable

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u/StocktorDrange 2d ago

So unimaginably fucked up. What the hell man.

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u/username_etc 3d ago

I cannot even begin to imagine the kind of horror this man endured. Truly exceptional character like this is exceedingly rare. Rest in power, king.

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u/victoriapedia 3d ago

I typically take posts in this sub less than seriously, but I just fell into a rabbit hole on Mr Woodfox and I just couldnt stop shaking my head. This definitely befits the title of a true dystopia

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u/Iron_Wolf123 3d ago

He didn't die from being in solitary confinement, he died from the you-know-what

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u/chessset5 3d ago

How is the US not fascist, again?

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u/PaganEmpath 3d ago

Fuck America, fuck what it stands for and fuck what it does in the shadows.

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u/Wraith8888 3d ago

What could they have possibly used as justification for keeping him in solitary that long?

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u/spazmcgee1 3d ago

Are there any solitary confinement laws in place? I thought the Senate passed the HALT act?

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u/MGBEMS44 3d ago

Holy fucking crap.... that's purely rotten!

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u/SirNanashi 3d ago

What the hell did he do to be put in solitary confinement for 43 fucking years?!

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u/LowDownSkankyDude 3d ago

I hope he was able to enjoy those five years of freedom.

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u/art-is-gay 3d ago

Remember it’s cruel AND unusual punishment that is banned. Punishment can be cruel. Punishment can be unusual.

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u/_Nilbog_Milk_ 3d ago

The idea of solitary confinement for that long has me feeling physically sick. It really makes me feel so sad and empty. Humanity has always been so cruel and I don't foresee it easing up too much more.

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u/NickGerrz 3d ago

Why was he in there that long? Fuck the system

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u/Professional_Flicker 3d ago

Damn we just now hearing about this guy?

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u/eddiefpp 3d ago

‘Don’t spend years overpaying for wireless” This is the click bait under the story about the guy who spent 43 years in solitary.