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Retail Slave
Nov 25, 2011

Let's go The Packers, bitch!!

Also, go Cubs.


A Louisiana inmate has spent the last 28 consecutive years in solitary confinement based on nothing more than prejudice from a sadistic, racist warden.

The man was convicted of 2nd degree murder in 1977, and since then has served 35 years of his sentence, including the last 28, in a 6x9 cell for 23 hours per day. His offense? Being a member of the Black Panther party, and therefore "capable" of causing trouble.

Not "actually" causing trouble, mind you. The warden himself has admitted to keeping him there strictly because of the potential that he could stir up trouble in the prison, nothing more.

Reading the article will make you think you're reading about an over-the-top caricature of a warden in the movies rather than a real-life corrections official.

http://time.com/3051287/louisiana-w...rs-in-solitary/

quote:

A prisoner who has spent 28 straight years in solitary confinement may be released into the general prison population, according to the Louisiana warden who has allegedly kept him confined in a 6 by 9 foot cell for 23 hours a day.

Burl Cain, the warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, told reporters for Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project that he would be ready to transfer the prisoner, Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore, in a “matter of months,” once he has determined that Whitmore no longer poses a threat to other prisoners.

“We’d rather him out, I need his cell,” Cain said in an interview with Medill Justice Project, an investigative journalism project that exposes wrongful convictions. “I’ve got some young people, predators, that need to be in that cell. When I can conclude he’s not gonna cause me the blues, then he can come out of the cell.”

A total of 35 years of solitary confinement, including 28 consecutive years, has taken a toll on Whitmore’s physical and mental health, the prisoner told reporters. His vision has deteriorated and he has developed a case of hypertension. He has filed suit against the warden and other prison officials, claiming his spell in solitary—the longest known case in U.S. history—constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated his free speech rights.

Whitmore was sentenced to life in prison in 1977 for second-degree murder. Since then, the warden maintains that Whitmore, as a supporter of the Black Panther Party, has espoused beliefs that could provoke other inmates to commit violent attacks.

“The Black Panther Party advocates violence and racism,” Cain said. “I’m not going to let anybody walk around advocating violence and racism.”

Whitmore’s lawyer, Michelle Rutherford, said in a statement that Cain’s comments about the Black Panther Party proved the prisoner’s constitutional rights had been breached.

“Warden Cain’s statement confirms the allegations Mr. Whitmore makes in his civil rights suit: he has been held in a 9′ by 6′ cell for over 35 years because of his political beliefs, not because of any demonstrated violent or disruptive behavior.”

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Warchicken
Jun 9, 2004


You act like we live in a first world country or something.

Spanish Manlove
Aug 31, 2008

LAMIERDAROJA



louisiana prison is racist? why I never

TOILETLORD
Nov 13, 2012

NO PAPER LEFT


if solitary bothered him he would have killed himself this is a big nonstory story.

SirEvelynTremble
Dec 25, 2013

UNDEAD RACIAL CLEANSING

quote:

Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore

I still wouldn't trust a Zulu not to cause poo poo ... not even after 130 yrs

Cucking Mama
Sep 27, 2013

Gold Medalist, 2014 shit post olympics


that's a long time to be on your own.

im pooping!
Nov 17, 2006


I thought it was hosed up that people would want to become police, or even correctional officers, but what the gently caress is wrong with someone that they want to become a prison warden?

Mad Lupine
Feb 18, 2011

all the things you said
running through my head


quote:

Since then, the warden maintains that Whitmore, as a supporter of the Black Panther Party, has espoused beliefs that could provoke other inmates to commit violent attacks.

If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime.

Glass Bottom Boat
May 26, 2009




The SPLC is gonna be all over this.

TOILETLORD
Nov 13, 2012

NO PAPER LEFT


im pooping! posted:

I thought it was hosed up that people would want to become police, or even correctional officers, but what the gently caress is wrong with someone that they want to become a prison warden?

money

FreudianSlippers
Apr 12, 2010
i hated your big dumb ugly macklemore av so i changed it

well cya

The original Black Panther Party was basically the least lovely political party in American history.

TOILETLORD
Nov 13, 2012

NO PAPER LEFT


if they let him out will be like a black austin powers? Think he is in the 70's of the future?

happyhippy
Feb 21, 2005


Once he signs the 'will not sue' contract that is.

Darth123123
Jan 26, 2006



“The Black Panther Party advocates violence and racism,” Cain said. “I’m not going to let anybody walk around advocating violence and racism.”

That's gonna be a crowded prison in the south.

Mad Lupine
Feb 18, 2011

all the things you said
running through my head


Wait, if he successfully sues them for millions, would be be able to keep that money? Seems hosed up he can make money from killing a man, even if it's an indirect result.

Moridin920
Nov 15, 2007


I hate the South and I wish my state could secede from this stupid as gently caress country.

Retail Slave
Nov 25, 2011

Let's go The Packers, bitch!!

Also, go Cubs.


Mad Lupine posted:

Wait, if he successfully sues them for millions, would be be able to keep that money? Seems hosed up he can make money from killing a man, even if it's an indirect result.

For incredibly excessive cruel and unusual punishment? I would hope so. I'm not quite as liberal as the rest of GBS when it comes to the criminal justice system, but something of this magnitude is incredibly hosed up and he should be able to sue for infinity billion dollars.

Cthulu Carl
Apr 16, 2006

You need to click the icon.


Is this the original Prisoner or the AMC remake with Jesus and Gandalf?

If it's the latter, throw him back in solitary.

a cop
Apr 17, 2014



Just kill him. Put him out of his loving misery.

BIG BOY EXPO 2K
Jan 13, 2009

Humour is like violence. They both come to you unexpectedly, and the more unpredictable they both are, the better it gets.


Mad Lupine posted:

Wait, if he successfully sues them for millions, would be be able to keep that money? Seems hosed up he can make money from killing a man, even if it's an indirect result.

Let me just take a small break from poo poo posting to say very literally and unironically, kill yourself

Freak Futanari
Apr 11, 2008



Mad Lupine posted:

Wait, if he successfully sues them for millions, would be be able to keep that money? Seems hosed up he can make money from killing a man, even if it's an indirect result.

agreed. murdering people for profit should be a government monopoly. do not privatize murder

SirEvelynTremble
Dec 25, 2013

UNDEAD RACIAL CLEANSING

"Stick him in solitary - we don't want that bastard going round MY prison handing out leaflets!"

phobo
Aug 7, 2008


Violence and racism? In prison!?

Bitter Mushroom
Apr 8, 2012


hmm, a thread about news. Great, interesting stuff here

Everyday Lurker
Feb 22, 2011


Remember that Burl Cain runs Louisiana State Penitentiary, a.k.a Angola, a former plantation turned prison farm.

Moridin920 posted:

So after ~150 years we've got blacks picking cotton for no money again.

God bless that little ol' loophole in the 13th Amendment.

Everyday Lurker fucked around with this message at Jul 29, 2014 around 18:25

Fandyien
Feb 10, 2012

Delicious


i dream of a socialist south that is totally different except for the genteel facade of politeness everyone is socially mandated to require

Moridin920
Nov 15, 2007


So after ~150 years we've got blacks picking cotton for no money again.

a cop
Apr 17, 2014



Moridin920 posted:

So after ~150 years we've got blacks picking cotton for no money again.

They still get food and a roof over their heads though. Not all bad.

Drink Cheerwine
Apr 13, 2009

Deliciously Different

On All Occasions...
It's Good Taste!


someone get marshall bond on the phone and see when he thinks zulu should be released from solitary

Retail Slave
Nov 25, 2011

Let's go The Packers, bitch!!

Also, go Cubs.


Bitter Mushroom posted:

hmm, a thread about news. Great, interesting stuff here

Yeah, I thought I'd change it up a bit today.

Fandyien
Feb 10, 2012

Delicious


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wzWNDePLdQ

Thundercracker
Jun 25, 2004

Proudly serving the Ruinous Powers since as a veteran of the long war.


Quintin Tarantino needs to come up with some new ideaas

Davincie
Jul 7, 2008

The last thing Killstealing sees before his mustache ride.

~*~Straight Balling~*~


its gonna be like in one of those horror movies and he will come out looking like a pale monster

a cop
Apr 17, 2014



I hate prisoners.

EugeneJ
Feb 5, 2012


Thundercracker posted:

Quintin Tarantino needs to come up with some new ideaas

Django Confined

old dog child
May 21, 2008


quote:

“The Black Panther Party advocates violence and racism,” Cain said. “I’m not going to let anybody walk around advocating violence and racism.”

i wonder how many white supremacists just stroll through the exercise yard like it's no big deal

1gnoirents
Jun 28, 2014


probably didnt even commit any murder anyway

"Zulu time to join general population.... zulu?"

THE FUCKING MOON
Jan 19, 2008

******************!!!!!

I would rather die than spend 28 years in solitary. That's longer than I've even been alive. At least if you're in with the general population on a life term, it's easier to kill yourself when you can't take it anymore. I'd try like hell in solitary too, but I'd probably knock myself out before doing the job right. Maybe I could bite my tongue in half after going sufficiently crazy from loneliness?

Anyway yeah, dude definitely has a case.

a hole-y ghost
May 10, 2010



Cucking Mama posted:

that's a long time to be on your own.
not for goons

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TryAgainBragg
May 5, 2014


phobo posted:

Violence and racism? In prison!?

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