Now Available: Solitary Watch Print Edition

by | December 22, 2011

The latest quarterly print edition of Solitary Watch is now available here as a pdf:

 Solitary Watch Print Edition, Fall-Winter 2011

We are also happy to send hard copies free of charge to prisoners, formerly incarcerated persons, advocates, and non-profit groups; send your requests to

In this edition:

  • Suffering in Solitary: The Plight of Prisoners with Mental Illness;
  • Voices from Solitary: The Meaning of “Life” (by lifer Joseph Dole);
  • UN Torture Investigator Calls for Ban on Solitary Confinement;
  • Freed from an Iranian Prison, American Speaks Out Against Solitary (quoting Sarah Shourd); and
  • Santa Was in Solitary and Jesus Got the Death Penalty

Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

James Ridgeway (1936-2021) was the 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. Jean Casella is the director of Solitary Watch. She has also published work in The Guardian, The Nation, and Mother Jones, and is co-editor of the book Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. She has received a Soros Justice Media Fellowship and an Alicia Patterson Fellowship. She tweets @solitarywatch.

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