From Tamms Year Ten (May 2012):
Governor Quinn has proposed the closure of Tamms supermax prison. Shutting down the supermax would not only relieve the suffering of hundreds of men and their families, but it would be a huge symbol to the rest of the country that the use of the supermax trend was a historic wrong turn and should become a thing of the past. Now is the time to volunteer with Tamms Year Ten!
At Tamms supermax prison, every man is held in permanent solitary confinement. It was designed to impose the most extreme deprivation. Men never leave their cells except to shower or to exercise alone in a concrete pen. There are no communal activities, jobs or contact visits. Many men have serious mental illness.
Tamms Year Ten is a coalition of prisoners, ex-prisoners, families, attorneys and other concerned citizens who came together, after ten years of misguided and inhumane policies, to call for legislative oversight at Tamms. When the prison opened in 1998, prisoners were told they would be housed at Tamms for one year. When we launched Tamms Year Ten in 2008, one-third of the prisoners had been warehoused there over a decade. Our goal is to end the use of long-term isolation at Tamms. Please help us end psychological torture in Illinois.
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