Chelsea Manning sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement in retaliation for suicide attempt

Yesterday's disciplinary board hearing for imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning ended with Manning being sentenced to 14 days' worth of solitary confinement, with 7 of the days "suspended" unless there is another infraction.

Manning, who had been denied treatment for gender dysphoria and who is serving a 35-year sentence, attempted suicide in August, and subsequently went on a hunger strike demanding treatment for her dysphoria, which her experts say led to her suicide attempt. After five days, Manning prevailed, securing the right to treatment.

The disciplinary board punished Manning for her suicide attempt (she was, for example, charged with failing to cooperate with the guards who removed her from her cell while she was unconscious), and also for possession of a copy of Gabriella Coleman's Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy that was not marked with her name and prisoner number.

Manning writes:

I was acquitted of the “Resisting The Force Cell Move Team” charge.

I was found guilty of the “Conduct Which Threatens” charge. This charge was for the suicide attempt

. I was found guilty of the “Prohibited Property” charge, which was for an unmarked copy of “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy,” by Gabriella Coleman.

My punishment is 14 days in solitary confinement. 7 of those days are “suspended.” If I get in trouble in the next six months, those seven days will come back.

BREAKING: Prison disciplinary board decides to punish Chelsea Manning with solitary confinement for charges related to suicide attempt [Fight For the Future]

(Image courtesy of the Chelsea Manning Support Network)

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  1. MBrody says:

    I thought she was already in solitary. In any case, that's messed up. Attempted suicide should never be considered an offense; it should be viewed as a cry for help.

  2. Ghost says:

    "The beatings will continue until morale improves"

  3. It should be seen as a criminal failure of the holding institution, treated with the same weight as if they'd died in custody. Instead the beatings are doubled. Nothing makes sense in this brown stain of a country.

  4. It's horrifying that "a week of torture, with probably another week at some later date" is less punishment than I expected.

  5. Geez, how do you punish a suicide attempt? How is that something you get punished for? Suicide attempts should be met with nothing less than compassion.

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