Anthony Graves, Death Row Solitary Confinement Survivor, testifies in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Dick Durbin

06 Jun Anthony Graves, Death Row Solitary Confinement Survivor, testifies in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Dick Durbin

On June 19, 2012, the U. S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held the first-ever congressional hearing about solitary confinement.  R

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights entitled “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences”  was held Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. JAC was there and submitted testimony.

DOWNLOAD AND READ JAC’s SUBMITTED TESTIMONY HERE: JAC-Senate-Testimony-Final

Death-row Solitary Confinement Survivor for 18 years, Anthony Graves, presented powerful testimony:

My name is Anthony Graves and I am death row exonoree number 138. I was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Texas back in 1992, where my nightmare began. Like all death row inmates, I was kept in solitary confinement. I lived under some of the worst conditions imaginable with the filth, the food, the total disrespect of human dignity. I lived under the rules of a system that is literally driving men out of their minds.

Download and Read Mr. Graves’ entire testimony here: 12-6-19GravesTestimony

The entire hearing video and all presented testimonies can be found here