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Solitary Confinement v. AdSeg in Missouri by Hedy Harden
​An Introduction by Hedy Harden, Chair of Missouri CURE.
​An in-depth look at abuses suffered by Missouri prisoners in segregation/solitary confinement. Individual stories of prisoners who live for weeks, months, years, and some even decades in tiny cells for 23 hours a day. As an example of the size of the problem, one maximum security prison in Missouri with a capacity of 1600 has more than 400 segregation cells, most of them housing two prisoners each.

Note: We have changed the names of the prisoners who wrote these narratives to discourage retaliation by prison authorities. Prison is a closed system with virtually no outside monitoring. Authorities present to the public their side of whatever issues arise and no alternate side of the story is permitted. Hence, this prisoner narrative project is intended to expose the perspective of the prisoners who live their lives under such extreme conditions.

Prisoner Narratives
Benjamin's Story
Missouri Adseg Control Units are Modern-Dy Torture Houses
Solitary confinement is torture. The scales of justice seem to be tipped to pulverize, not assist or rehabilitate. One prisoner's desperate plea for help.

Rasheem's Story
AdSeg: A Refuge for Sexual Harassment and Abuse
Extreme mistreatment of a prisoner with medical and emotional needs leads to hunger strike and petition that calls for more humane treatment in AdSeg.

Terry's Story
Dying with My Eyes Open
A model prisoner spends over 20 hours a day in adseg.

Isaiah's Story
How to Correct a Caveman
A description of the unjust conditions and inhuman treatement endured by prisoners in adseg.

Elvin's Story
Five Squares of Toilet Paper
Despite Stage 3 colon cancer and wearing a colostomy bag, Elvin is living a nightmare of abuse and neglect.

Jay's Story
Mental illness Leads to Imprisonment
Non-treatment and further punishment is the norm.

Tony's Story - April 17, 2018
Living in Filth
A first-person account of daily life in adseg.

Ronnie's Stor- April 2018
Racism in Lockdown
A first-person account of blatant racism.

Griffin El's Story - May 7, 2018
Daily Oppression
Bringing awareness to injustices taking place every day.

Michael's Story - May 6, 2018
Torture Starting at Age 15
A young man's account of living in adseg for years.