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 Inmate in Solitary Confinement for 28 Years
Inmate in Solitary Confinement for 28 Years
Terry Silverstein is suing for human contact after being in extreme solitary confinement for 28 years.

*Additional source to plurk's original post in the forum. picked by jhordie 5 months ago
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 elsuper
5 months ago
Between 1979 and 1982, Thomas Silverstein was accused of killing three inmates, and he was convicted in two of the cases.

But what happened Oct. 22, 1983, was different. This time he killed a guard, Merle Clutts, at the maximum-security prison in Marion, Ill.

Silverstein's unprecedented record of prison violence called for an unprecedented response.
It is unprecedented that an inmate would kill 4 people?

They say Silverstein is a high-ranking member of the violent prison gang Aryan Brotherhood
That's a pretty Jewish name for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Either way, half one's life is pretty long to be in solitary.
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 2manyuse...
5 months ago
I can't imagine living so long in solitary. I can't imagine it is justified. Why is it so impossible for him to be placed in general population?
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 Moe
5 months ago
Here are some more facts.

A) Despite his name, he is not Jewish and is actually described by Prison Officials as being a former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood

B) When he killed Cadillac Smith, he and his partner in the killing dragged the body of Smith up and down the catwalk in front of the cells displaying it to the other inmates

C) When he killed Officer Clutts, he was able to place himself behind Clutts, then as they walked along he got his handcuffs unlocked using a homemade key from the inmates in the cells he was walking past. They also gave him a shank. Then he stabbed Clutts from behind several dozen times. Later the same day, a different prisoner in the Aryan Brotherhood killed another prison official in the same exact manner.

Not saying his punishment is right or wrong at this point...just providing more information as to the type of person he was.
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 ilovetra...
5 months ago
he doesn't seem like he was ever particularly sane, but he must be completely certifiable after 28 years without any human contact!
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 ilovetra...
5 months ago
he doesn't seem like he was ever particularly sane, but he must be completely certifiable after 28 years without any human contact!
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 jhordie
5 months ago
I would think 28 years of solitary confinement would be enough of a deterrent to threaten him with when putting him back into the general population.

Although, now that this has been brought to the public eye, it will be harder to put him in solitary if he does screw up.

They seriously screwed up by keeping him there so long.

I can't imagine being in solitude for that long. One week would have sent me over the edge. Probably sooner than that.
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 Dannyboy...
5 months ago
See, now... this is a reason I favor the death penalty. His family got him into a life of crime without a lick of talent for it... and in jail, he commits multiple murders. Society has paid a hefty cost to support this man.

Whether or not he has become a decent fellow now is actually fairly irrelevant to me. He's never getting out of jail. Ever. His life is already a waste, and we're just torturing him to death slowly at this point.

If we had instituted a death penalty on his first murder or two, there would have been fewer murders committed by him when he was in general population.

Whether or not he is a danger now isn't really important. It's not like anyone can tell just how dangerous he still is. People are surprising. Especially when they murder via sneak attack.

What is important here... is that this murderer has been tortured for the last almost three decades. Tortured, beyond compassion, beyond reason, through isolation... because we think somehow a death penalty is unnecessarily cruel or barbaric.
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 vijay101...
5 months ago
Excellent article you have made.
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 teamafro
5 months ago
This is an excellent article on crime AND punishment. OF course he is remorseful and wish the crime and the punishment could be undone but they can't. This is just the way life is. The real issue is whether solitary confinement is constitutional, which it is. You can feel bad for him but changing his condition is not the right thing to do. Criminals need to have some deterrent.
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 NoPantsM...
5 months ago
« teamafro : This is an excellent article on crime AND punishment. OF course he is remorseful and wish the crime and the punishment could be undone but they can't. This is just the way life is. The real issue is whether solitary confinement is constitutional, which it is. You can feel bad for him but changing his condition is not the right thing to do. Criminals need to have some deterrent.
Solitary confinement is obviously constitutional. No one is arguing that. 3 decades of solitary confinement is just as obviously unconstitutional.

3 decades of solitary confinement without some sort of solid reason where he would represent a danger to himself, others, national security, or something similar is plainly cruel and unusual.
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 chilehea...
5 months ago
Extended periods of solitary confinement are damaging to the human mind, and are definitely cruel. Since we have a constitutional ban on cruel or unusual punishments, this really should not be done. While it is a somewhat effective tool for punishing someone already in prison without resorting to physically beating them, any form of punishment that is used injudiciously has a tendency, if not outright guarantee, of causing much more damage than expected or than may be evident.

Why do we have the idea in this country that people in prison need to be tortured? They are in prison, and that should be enough - there are only two reasons for imprisoning people: to protect society from the prisoners by confining and rehabilitating them, and to punish them for doing something they knew was wrong (there are some people that won't avoid doing something they know is wrong if there are not negative consequences for them personally). Some would argue that it acts as a deterrent to other people considering doing an illegal act, but there's no way to morally justify torturing/punishing person A just to affect the behavior of person B.

People adapt themselves to the conditions they are in, and by providing them with an environment that consists of constant or periodic torture, constant threat of violence, and constant demeaning of their value as human beings, they don't really have much of a choice in what they become in there. When these people reach the end of their sentences and they are let out, odds are they'll fail in adapting to life on the outside before they fall awry of the law and get sent back. And, of course, we blame them for their recidivism when we had an active hand in creating that behavior in them.
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 Kronner8...
5 months ago
This is exactly why they need the Death Penalty. Once he killed the guard his own life should have been forfeit. Now he is suing? Really? It's disgusting. I think they should leave it up to the families of his victims. See if they think he should be allowed out of solitary...
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