In an issue of Rolling Stone magazine from last month, Jeff Tietz gave a raw look inside the use of solitary confinement within the U.S. prison system. Once saved for only the most violent offenders, its use is now commonplace as punishment for the mildest infractions. Even worse, it is used to make its victims willing to do or say anything to make it stop.
Sadly, the stories from this article sound all too familiar.
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From AP via Huffington Post:
HIGHLAND PARK, III. -- Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz was "killed by the government," his father told mourners Tuesday during his son's funeral in suburban Chicago.
Swartz, who helped create Reddit and RSS, the technology behind blogs, podcasts, and other web-based subscription services, was found dead Friday in his New York apartment. He was facing federal charges that alleged he illegally gained access to millions of articles from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer archive.
"He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles," he said.
Swartz, 26, was facing charges that carried a maximum penalty of decades in prison. His trial was scheduled to begin in April.
U.S. Attorney Cameron Ortiz had no comment about Robert Swartz's remarks, Ortiz spokeswoman Chirstina Dilorio-Sterling said.
Swartz's family also lashed out against prosecutors Saturday, saying the death was "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."
Swartz's case highlighted society's uncertain, evolving view of how to treat people who break into computer systems and share data not to enrich themselves, but to make it available to others.
Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, director of the Safra Center for Ethics where Swartz was once a fellow, both spoke at the funeral.
"We felt the indictment was nonsense and that he would be acquitted," Berners-Lee told the newspaper after the service.