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James Ridgeway

James Ridgeway is senior Washington correspondent for Mother Jones, and co-editor of Solitary Watch. James began his career as a contributor to the New Republic, Ramparts and the Wall Street Journal. Later, he was co-founder and editor of the political newsletters Mayday, Hard Times and the Elements.

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Kids in Solitary Confinement: America's Official Child Abuse

Thousands of teenagers, some as young as 14 or 15, are routinely subjected by US prisons to this psychological torture

Jean Casella ·



A Hunger for Justice in Pelican Bay

A hunger strike in California has highlighted the widespread and callous use of solitary confinement in the US prison system

James Ridgeway ·



The Threat of America's Nativist Far Right

While Peter King holds hearings on homegrown jihadists, the growing menace of white supremacist terror goes unremarked

James Ridgeway ·


Cruel and Usual: US Solitary Confinement

As incarceration rates explode in the US, thousands are placed in solitary confinement, often without cause.

James Ridgeway ·



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