Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Inmates Say the Director of the Bureau of Prisons Lied About Solitary Confinement

Federal inmates are seething this week at comments made last Tuesday by Charles E. Samuels, director of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), in testimony before Congress.

Samuels, appointed by President Obama in late 2011 following the embarrassing drunk-driving arrest of former BOP Director Harley Lappin, told lawmakers that his agency was forced to contend with a large inmate population on limited resources.
Which sounds perfectly reasonable. But Samuels also claimed that federal inmates are not placed in solitary confinement—a.k.a. "the hole"—as a matter of policy.
"We do not practice solitary confinement," Samuels said.
Suffice to say prisoners VICE spoke to tell a very different story.


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