No one is free when others are oppressed.
PO Box 28931
St. Louis, MO 63132
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.
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.
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.
Dying with My Eyes Open
A model prisoner spends over 20 hours a day in adseg.
How to Correct a Caveman
A description of the unjust conditions and inhuman treatement endured by prisoners in adseg.
Five Squares of Toilet Paper
Despite Stage 3 colon cancer and wearing a colostomy bag, Elvin is living a nightmare of abuse and neglect.
Mental illness Leads to Imprisonment
Non-treatment and further punishment is the norm.
Living in Filth
A first-person account of daily life in adseg.
Racism in Lockdown
A first-person account of blatant racism.
Bringing awareness to injustices taking place every day.
Torture Starting at Age 15
A young man's account of living in adseg for years.