Leading Mental Health Experts Urge Illinois Legislators to Close Tamms Supermax

When it comes to the psychological effects of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, there are three acknowledged experts: Drs. Stuart Grassian, Craig Haney, and Terry Kupers. The three have collaborated on a joint statement on the closure of Tamms supermax prison, which was proposed last month by Illinois governor Pat Quinn. The statement is directed […]

Solitary Confinement Rises Sharply on Rikers Island -- and Activists Respond

City Limits has comprehensive coverage of the ongoing rise in solitary confinement on Rikers Island (which we wrote about here back in November). The article begins: Over the last two years, the Department of Correction has nearly doubled the number of “punitive segregation” cells—the Department’s term for solitary confinement—at the jail facilities at Rikers Island. The […]

Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners Respond to California's Proposed Prisons Reforms

In response to reforms recently outlined by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regarding gang validation, a group of prisoners held in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) submitted a “counter proposal” to prison activists. Asserting that the CDCR “is asking law makers and taxpayers to allow them to continue to violate […]

California Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Petition the UN to Intervene

Comparing their conditions to a “living coffin,” a group of lawyers for hundreds of California prisoners placed in long-term or indefinite solitary confinement petitioned the United Nations yesterday to intervene on their behalf. The petition, drawn up by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, names 22 main inmate petitioners and refers to hundreds more held in […]

New Resource: Solitary Confinement FAQ

Our amazing intern/reporter/researcher Sal Rodriguez, author of several fact sheets and articles on this site, has produced a new resource: Frequently Asked Questions on Solitary Confinement. Questions include: What is solitary confinement? How many people are held in solitary confinement? Who gets put in solitary confinement? What are conditions like in solitary confinement? How long do […]

California Announces Reform of Controversial Policies That Led to Prison Hunger Strike

The Associated Press has reported that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is reforming its policies regarding the controversial Security Housing Units (SHUs), where thousands of inmates are held in solitary confinement for an average of 6.8 years. According to the AP: Gang members would no longer have to renounce their gang membership. […]