Podcast and News Appearances05/17/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits - Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness
Managing editor Prison Legal News and executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center Paul Wright discusses the use of solitary confinement in US prisons and the human rights catastrophe it demonstrates, the pervasive imprisonment of mentally ill individuals, the divide between has access to mental health treatment and who doesn’t, and any legislative paths to address crises in US prisons.
04/13/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits
Discussing the decaying state of dental care in Texas prisons, the privatization of prison medical services, the Los Angeles Police Department accidentally revealing the identities of undercover cops to a watchdog group, and the LAPD’s historical involvement in murder-for-hire schemes.
03/30/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits
Discussing the current state and use of solitary confinement in the United States, scenarios nationwide where legislators are considering curbing the use of solitary, Matt Gaetz hiring a war criminal as a legislative aid, and a drug conspiracy charge involving a head of a police union.
02/21/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits
Discussing rising COVID-related deaths in U.S. prisons, an assessment of the insufficient conditions in both state and federal prisons, how a disregard for the lives of prisoners hinders prison reform efforts, the noticeable lack of compassionate releases within the U.S. prison system, and the status of for-profit prison healthcare companies amid ongoing lawsuits.
01/26/2023 - Paul Wright on Political Misfits
Discussing corruption in the Miami Police Department, the killing of an environmental activist protesting Atlanta’s ’Cop City’, the Tyre Nichols case in Memphis as criminal charges are to be announced, and smuggling at Rikers Island.