Become a Solitary Watcher

by | January 8, 2010

Now that Solitary Watch has gone public on search engines, listservs, and the like, we invite the community of readers to help us with this collaborative (and thusfar, all-volunteer) endeavor. Here is what you can do to participate in this effort to bring the issue of solitary confinement in the United States out of the shadows and into the public square:

> Learn more about the Solitary Watch project on the “About” page.

> Subscribe to Solitary Watch News by email. (Sign up in the sidebar.)

> Subscribe to Solitary Watch News feed in a reader. (Ditto.)

> Follow Solitary Watch News on Twitter. (Click on “Twitter Updates” in the sidebar.)

> Forward Solitary Watch News to friends and associates (especially the ones who are up in arms about Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, but may not know about what’s going on in their own state prisons).

> Share Solitary Watch News with former inmates (and current ones, as restrictions allow), as well as their families, friends, lawyers, and advocates.

> Comment on posts to share information and perspectives.

> Email or write us with your stories, ideas, resources, links, and suggestions for how to make Solitary Watch News best serve the community on which it depends. (See the “Contact” page for details.)

Thank you for your interest and participation in Solitary Watch News.

James Ridgeway

James Ridgeway (1936-2021) was founder and co-director of Solitary Watch. An investigative journalist for over 60 years, he served as Washington Correspondent for the Village Voice and Mother Jones, reporting domestically on subjects ranging from electoral politics to corporate malfeasance to the rise of the racist far right, and abroad from Central America, Northern Ireland, Eastern Europe, Haiti, and the former Yugoslavia. Earlier, he wrote for The New Republic and Ramparts, and his work appeared in dozens of other publications. He was the co-director of two films and author of 20 books, including a forthcoming posthumous edition of his groundbreaking 1991 work on the far right, Blood in the Face.

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