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Old 02-26-2010, 12:01 PM
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Default Fed Inmate spends 27 years in solitary confinement

CNN) -- Tommy Silverstein has been held in solitary confinement for the past 27 years, longer than anyone else in the federal prison system, his lawyers say.

He is locked up at the high-security prison in Florence, Colorado, known as Supermax. The lights are always on. Guards who slip him food through a slot in his cell door usually ignore him. A few times a week, he is permitted to exercise in the recreation room -- alone. Visits with his family and his lawyers are conducted through Plexiglas.
Silverstein's isolation is the result of an unusual no-human-contact order issued by a judge in 1983, after he murdered a guard at the federal prison in Marion, Illinois. Marion was known at the time as the most rigorous confinement in the federal prison system.
Silverstein has referred to his solitary existence as "a slow, constant peeling of the skin."

His attorneys, who are affiliated with the University of Denver, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in 2007, alleging that such prison conditions violate the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment. The lawsuit, filed in the federal district court of Colorado, is awaiting trial.

Link to rest of article"http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/25/colorado.supermax.silverstein.solitary/
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I read a book, a couple of weeks ago, called The Monsters of Gramercy Park. It was fiction, but obviously based on facts, and I consider it recommended reading...told the story of a man in Supermax with no contact order issued by a judge, in 5 years time, the im=nmate was subhuman. Very sad. Nonetheless, very real
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How is that even considered living? Horrible.
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A more recent article:

A prisoner's last, best hope comes from classroom
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April 25, 2010 3:00 PM
JOHN C. ENSSLIN
The Gazette
Kim Still was an infant when federal prison officials placed Thomas E. Silverstein in permanent solitary confinement for stabbing a prison guard to death and killing two other inmates.

Now 27 years old, Still and her fellow University of Denver Law school students might be Silverstein’s last, best and only hope of ever getting out of a regimen that keeps him in a cell for 23 hours of every day at Supermax in Florence, the highest security facility in the federal prison system.
The students, members of DU’s Student Law Clinic’s civil rights class, contend that such prolonged isolation — longer than any other prisoner in the system — constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Federal authorities contend that Silverstein lost his right to interaction with other inmates and staff after a record that includes convictions for killing Corrections Officer Merle E. Clutts, 51, with a shank on Oct. 22, 1983, at a federal prison in Marion, Ill.

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