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  • By Solitary Watch Guest Author

    Guest Post by Lance Tapley 8.11.2012

    In 1986 Ojore Lutalo, a black revolutionary in the Trenton State Prison — now the New Jersey State Prison — wrote to Bonnie Kerness’s American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) office in Newark. His letter described the extreme isolation and other brutalities in the prison’s Management Control Unit, which he called a “prison within a prison.”

    “I could not believe what he was telling me” about the MCU,” she says. She reacted by becoming “this lunatic white lady” calling New Jersey corrections officials about Lutalo.

    Kerness immediately went to work trying to stop MCU guards from harassing prisoners by waking them at 1 a.m. to make them strip in front of snarling dogs leaping for their genitals — to arbitrarily have them switch cells. She got this practice stopped.

    Lutalo’s letter also began to open her eyes to the torture of solitary confinement, which…

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