Prisoners to Remain on Rikers Island As Hurricane Sandy Heads for New York: UPDATED

UPDATE, October 30, 12 noon: Solitary Watch has received the following statement via email from NYC DOC Deputy Commissioner Matthew Nerzig: “No power outages on Rikers last night. No significant flooding or disruption of our operations.  The Commissioner [DOC Commissioner Dora Schriro] spent the night there.” Solitary Watch would also appreciate hearing from families whose loved […]

"Waiting For The World To Give Us A Reason To Live": Solitary Confinement in Utah

Utah State Prison’s Uinta 1 facility serves as the prison’s super-maximum security unit, where inmates are held in solitary confinement. Inmates in Uinta 1 may be there for disciplinary infractions, notoriety reasons, protective custody, or because they are security/escape risks. The unit is divided into eight sections with twelve inmates in each section, for a total […]

Voices from Solitary: "It Has Zapped Me Of My Personality"

The following comes from a prisoner held at the French Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas.  Robertson Unit is a maximum security facility that houses over 2,900 inmates. The prison houses a large number of inmates in Administrative Segregation–long-term solitary confinement units. Similarly to California and other states, Texas segregates prisoners designated as members of certain gangs […]

California Prisoners Launch New Hunger Strike on October 10th

On October 10th, prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison and California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi launched a hunger strike. The hunger strike, which has in total involved five hundred prisoners, coincided with the date of an announced racial cease-fire issued by prisoners in Pelican Bay referred to as the PBSP-SHU Short Corridor Collective. The group, which consists […]

Unlock the Box: The Fight Against Solitary Confinement in New York

An important new report on solitary confinement was released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union, titled Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons. Based on a year of research, correspondence with more than a hundred prisoners, and multiple open records requests, this report offers a detailed and powerful picture of how solitary confinement […]