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Articles by Aviva Stahl

Force-Feeding is Cruel, Painful and Degrading – and American Prisons Won’t Stop

In a Colorado supermax facility, hunger-striking inmates have been force-fed and barred from sharing their ordeal with the outside world. A prisoner breaks his silence for the first time.

by Aviva Stahl, The Nation

It was November 11, 2015, and Mohammad Salameh hadn’t eaten in 34 days. The ...

Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won’t Stop

In a Colorado supermax facility, hunger-striking inmates have been force-fed and barred from sharing their ordeal with the outside world. A prisoner breaks his silence for the first time.
By Aviva Stahl, The Nation, June 4, 2019

 It was November 11, 2015, and Mohammad Salameh hadn’t eaten in 34 days ...

Why Sex Criminals Get Locked Up Forever

By Aviva Stahl, VICE

Gilbert Greenfield sits upright in the chair, his body tense, a blood-pressure cuff attached to his left arm. A sensor is strapped around his chest, and two more cap his fingertips to measure how much he's sweating.

The polygrapher asks a question: "During the past year ...

“My Words Are Dangerous”: An Interview with Christopher Zoukis

By Aviva Stahl

While there has been a lot of interest in recent years in journalism about prisons and the criminal justice system, less well known is the journalism being done by prisoners themselves. From the San Quentin News in California to Prison Radio in Pennsylvania there are dozens of ...

UN Committee on Torture Questions U.S. Record on Solitary Confinement

UN Committee on Torture Questions U.S. Record on Solitary Confinement

By Aviva Stahl

Last Wednesday and Thursday, United States government officials met with representatives at the United Nations to discuss the country’s compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or ...

This Draconian System of Punishment and Abuse: An Interview with Former Political Prisoner Ray Luc Levasseur

By Aviva Stahl

The following is a partial transcript of an interview with Ray Luc Levasseur, a former political prisoner who spent over fifteen years in solitary confinement, primarily at USP Marion and ADX Florence. Levasseur was raised in Maine, born to a working-class family of Quebecois origin. He became ...