Leaders against solitary confinement to hold vigil at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – A community vigil will take place at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Louisiana Stop Solitary Confinement will hold The Moral Imperative to End Solitary Confinement in Louisiana: No One is Disposable Community Vigil for International Human Rights Day. Faith and community leaders, such as members of the Louisiana Stop Solitary Coalition and survivors of solitary confinement, will pray for the end of solitary confinement in Louisiana jails.

Louisiana Stop Solitary Coalition Faith Sub-Committee chair Rev. Alexis Anderson says solitary confinement is a human rights violation.

“Every human being is a child of God, made in God’s image and likeness. We did nothing to earn this sacred dignity and there is nothing we can do to lose it,” Anderson said in a press release. “Because of the immeasurable value and worth of every human life, we must oppose solitary confinement which is an assault on the life and dignity of the human person and is a clear human rights violation.”

East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform founder Linda Franks will speak and share her concerns for the dehumanizing treatment people have experienced at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The vigil will be located at 2867 Brig. General Isaac Smith Avenue in Baton Rouge, La. Learn more about solitary confinement in prisons here.

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