Solitary Confinement

Long-term solitary confinement is cruel, expensive and ineffective. Isolation creates and exacerbates symptoms of mental illness in prisoners, undermining successful re-entry into society and jeopardizing public safety. Meanwhile, states that have reduced their solitary populations have saved millions and seen violence plummet.

New Support for Ending the Solitary Confinement of Youth

New Support for Ending the Solitary Confinement of Youth

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 10:48pm
Last week the ACLU and Human Rights Watch released a report about the solitary confinement of young people in America’s jails and prisons. Kids in solitary often spend 22 to 24 hours a day alone, sometimes without access to books, let alone other people. The isolation can last for days, weeks, or even months at a time.
NY State Council of Churches Joins Faith Voices Condemning Longterm Solitary

NY State Council of Churches Joins Faith Voices Condemning Longterm Solitary

We like to think that most New Yorkers wouldn’t stand for regretful policies that clearly subvert human rights. We wouldn’t tolerate those voter suppression laws or invasive ultrasounds that threaten democracy and demean women in some other states.

Ending Solitary Confinement – The Dangers of Isolation for LGBTI Prisoners and Detainees

Ending Solitary Confinement – The Dangers of Isolation for LGBTI Prisoners and Detainees

By Patrick DePoy, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:33pm

Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee held a landmark hearing on solitary confinement.  The goal of the hearing was to comprehensively examine and reassess the overuse of solitary confinement in federal and…

Solitary Confinement: “More broken than when they went in”

Solitary Confinement: “More broken than when they went in”

By Alisa Roth, ACLU at 10:54am

Joe Giarratano is hardly a typical prisoner: he’s been involved in two Supreme Court cases; he’s been published in the Yale Law Journal; and he’s taught a class on non-violence, all while locked up in some of the toughest prisons…

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 9:52am

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it's ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice system…

New Briefing Paper: Obama's Unfinished Business on Human Rights

New Briefing Paper: Obama's Unfinished Business on Human Rights

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:46pm

Today, the ACLU laid out concrete steps the Obama administration should take to live up to the human rights promises it made to the U.N. just over one year ago. The release of our new briefing paper coincides with the administration's announcement…

Rethinking Solitary Confinement in Mississippi and Beyond

Rethinking Solitary Confinement in Mississippi and Beyond

By Margaret Winter, National Prison Project at 11:12am

A Sunday New York Times article gives a critical and searching look at solitary confinement and a new model for prison reform in Mississippi.

ACLU to United Nations: Solitary Confinement Violates Human Rights

ACLU to United Nations: Solitary Confinement Violates Human Rights

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 2:31pm

The ACLU's Amy Fettig appeared before the U.N. Human Rights Council today to condemn the use of solitary confinement in the United States, following a written statement we submitted last month urging the Council to address this widespread violation…

Washington Post Editorializes on Solitary Confinement in Virginia

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 3:06pm

The Washington Post had this important editorial on the overuse of solitary confinement in Virginia prison. The Post calls on Virginia to follow in the footsteps of other states that have moved in the right direction and begun to reduce their reliance…

Solitary Confinement Destroys All Kinds of People

Solitary Confinement Destroys All Kinds of People

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:01pm

An American woman recounts her time in solitary confinement in an Iranian prison, an experience endured by thousands of prisoners here in the U.S.

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