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NPR: Prisons increased the use of solitary confinement during COVID. That can have long-term health consequences.
It's a common paradox of solitary confinement, said Craig Haney, a professor of social psychology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Instead of craving the company of others after release from social isolation, many former prisoners want just the opposite.
"Solitary forces prisoners to live in a world without people," he said. "And they adapt to it."
Research has long shown that solitary confinement — isolating prisoners for weeks, months, years and sometimes decades — has devastating effects on their physical and mental health. Once released, either to the general prison population or to the outside world, they can face a suite of problems, like heart damage and depression. They're often hypersensitive to light, sound, smell or touch.
The Washington Post: Group files complaint with bar association against John Eastland, author of Trump memo on overturning election results.
Eastman provided a preliminary response to the complaint by threatening a potential defamation lawsuit against the signatories and defended his various actions outlined in the complaint around Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“Is it now a disbarrable offense to engage in political speech, First Amendment protected?” Eastman said, addressing his remarks at the “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 mentioned in the complaint. “These guys are going way out on a limb, and it’s going to be very interesting to see the detail of the complaint, and how many causes of action I have for defamation.”
The complaint makes the case that a lawyer dealing with the courts is not protected by the First Amendment.
“A lawyer must avoid speech that is intentionally false or deceptive, . . . that asserts or advances frivolous claims, . . . or that knowingly assists the client in unlawful conduct,” the complaint says. It maintains that Eastman knew the claims were frivolous because by early December, Trump and his allies had lost more than 50 post-election lawsuits.
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