I was outraged by David Cole’s Oct. 25 op-ed column “Decades in solitary.”
According to Mr. Cole, Herman Wallace was kept in solitary confinement for 41 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in a small cell for 23 hours a day, without human contact except for guards. He was released two days before he died. Although Mr. Wallace and co-defendant Albert Woodfox were convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard, no physical evidence linked the two men to the crime. In fact, the two men believed they were framed because they started a Black Panther Party chapter and protested the prison’s notoriously brutal conditions.