Inside the United States, there are around 80,000 people in solitary confinement on any given day.
Last month, nearly 30,000 inmates in California prisons began a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement conditions, and the state prisons chief met with advocates for the inmates on Friday. More than 300 strikers are still refusing food, according to the AP.
One man who has lived through solitary confinement in California joined All In with Chris Hayes Friday evening to describe what living in prison seclusion is like every day. read more
1. Score one for the Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster. A Czech man who identifies himself as a Pastafarian—a member of a joke religion which "believes" that the spaghetti monster created the world and that Heaven includes a beer volcano—has won the legal right to wear a pasta strainer on his head when being photographed for his government-issued ID. The spaghetti monster was not available for comment. read more
The unemployment rate fell from 7.6% percent to 7.4% in July. But don't break out the party hats: One major reason the rate continued to edge downward was that more people have given up the search for work entirely in a sluggish economy. read more