On Solitary Confinement and Finding Humanity

Susan Crane, Prison Letters, May 10 & 12, 2011

by thelizabeth on flickrWhile at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) SeaTac, Sr. Anne and I were in cell 11 in one of the women’s units.  Cells 2 – 10 are filled with women wearing orange, held in solitary (Special Handling Unit as it is officially named).  These sisters eat all their meals alone in their cells.  They get out of their cell for a 15-minute shower three times a week (M, W & F).  They are offered no exercise or outside time.  They not allowed to communicate with other prisoners, and we were not allowed to motion or talk to them.  There is no yelling between cells.  They can’t participate in group prayer, or any group activity.  No one offers them Eucharist. Continue reading

The Original Blues Brother Is On The Loose

(from Joe Power-Drutis)

At 7:15 PM, 1915 for all of you exact types (and we know who we are),
Bix walked out of the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility an
almost free man. Continue reading

Sr. Mary Dennis is in; Bix is almost out…

Update June 22, 2011 (from Joe Power-Drutis)

I just returned from a very memorable drive to Ocilla Georgia with 74
year old Sr. Mary Dennis Lentsch, of the Sisters of the Presentation.
This is the name she chose when she entered the convent in honor of
her brother who had drowned. Her court records list her birth name,
Elizabeth Ann; therefore for the sake of correctness while she is
locked up, letters to her should be addressed to: Continue reading

Sr. Mary Dennis Lentsch self commits

June 20, 2011 (from Joe Power-Drutis)

Four days ago I said goodbye to Jackie and Sue and they began the
difficult journey back to Washington. Jackie had healed sufficiently
to allow her to return home safely. The time the three of us had
together was abundantly rich in grace. Continue reading

Greetings from Susan #87783-011, FCI Dublin

Thank you for your letters, your prayers, the books you have sent.  Thanks for maintaining contact with me.

I arrived at the federal prison here in California, flown in with 29 other women from Parumph, Nevada.  We had been woken up at midnight to get ready to leave, and had been in shackles and waistchain restraints and cuffs since about 3am.  Although I had been trying to be indifferent about where I’d be living for the next year, I was thankful to end up at FCI Dublin. Continue reading

Updates on Jackie & Bix

Joe Power-Drutis Update, June 14, 2011

Jackie Hudson 

Jackie is out of the hospital but the healing process continues. Sue Ablao has been at her bedside day and night since noon time on Friday June 10th. Yesterday, June 13th her doctor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center cleared Jackie to leave the hospital and return to the Northwest and continue medical treatment in Seattle. Jackie and Sue are currently staying in the same support community of lovely people I have been living with since I arrived here in early May. When Jackie feels strong enough to travel, she and Sue will leave for Seattle. Continue reading

Jackie Hudson is out of the hospital!!!

Thanks to Ralph Hutchison, of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA), for this late evening update.


jackie was released from the hospital around 5:00pm today. sue and joe moved her to shelley’s house. i went by this evening after my meeting. she is tuckered out from the trip, has some back pain, is frustrated by limitations on her mobility, has some appetite, is anxious to get back home to see her own doctor, and, well, sounds like a patient who is tired of being patient.

she had an upper GI today which was clear enough for them to release her; they told her to see her doctor immediately when she gets home. her kidney function is not “normal,” but is stable and in the safe range. she was told to drink lots and lots and lots.

i think the plan is to stay here a couple days to regain strength and get used to moving around again, and to leave for seattle as soon as she feels up to it.


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