Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore’s Lawyer Worried About Solitary Confinement
Solitary confinement is considered by many to be torture, and its extended use unnecessarily is criticized in high-profile cases, such as that of Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore.
Harris-Moore achieved folk hero status during an extended period of being on the lam after wreaking havoc in Washington State. The teen apparently taught himself to fly (but not land) planes, stealing several small private aircraft and crashing them, raising concerns for his safety and that of those who may have been in his flightpath. The daring teen was connected to several break-ins on a small island in the state before he was apprehended in the Bahamas after a massive manhunt.
Now 21, Harris-Moore is being held in solitary at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, a condition his lawyer says is unnecessarily cruel. He is allowed three ten-minute showers each week, as well as an hour outside his cell five days per week. The lawyer, John Henry Browne, told press that Harris-Moore sounds fine, but that he is concerned the conditions will take a toll:
“I’m worried about it, but he sounded OK on the phone today. I just don’t know how much longer he can handle it.’’
A hearing to determine the fate of the Barefoot Bandit is scheduled about two months from now.