Wednesday, July 23, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 19
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Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

A former SLO inmate draws on real-life experiences for his role in the Web series 'Solitary'

Every day in California and the rest of the country, throughout state and federal prisons, thousands of individuals are being held in solitary confinement. An inmate can be removed from the general population for a variety of reasons, and can end up spending months, years, and even decades alone in the tiny cells. “Solitary confinement in this country is just amazingly brutal and primitive and unthinkable,” said Deborah Tobola, the founding director of the Poetic Justice Project and former Arts in Corrections direc... [ Read Article ]

 

Santa Maria Sun / Opinion

Commentary

It's time to fight

A few months ago, the city of Pismo Beach voted to end invocations during their council meetings, buckling to legal pressure by Freedom From Religion Foundation and the San Luis Obispo chapter of Atheists United. The city agreed to pay the plaintiff’s legal fees of $47,500 plus one dollar to each of the two plaintiffs named in the case. Pismo Beach isn’t the only city that recently gave up the right to pray a... [ Read More ]