Time for Compassion? Aging Political Prisoners Suffer From Illness, Decades in Solitary Confinement: TIME for COMPASSION

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Published on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Democracy Now!

Time for Compassion? Aging Political Prisoners Suffer From Illness, Decades in Solitary Confinement

As people around the world mark the holiday season, often recognized as a time of compassion, we host a roundtable discussion about the growing number of aging political prisoners in the United States convicted in the 1960s and 1970s who are seeking compassionate release, clemency or a pardon. In some cases, they are simply asking to be released into general population after decades of solitary confinement. Many have poorly treated diseases such as diabetes, while at least one has terminal cancer. We are joined by Soffiyah Elijah, an attorney who has represented many political prisoners and successfully won the release Marilyn Buck in 2010 so she could live her final weeks in freedom before she died from cancer. Elijah also has a separate career as the executive director…

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