Voices from Solitary: Haunted by Memory's Ghosts

The following account comes from our faithful reader Alan CYA #65085. He recalls¬†time spent, more than 40 years ago, in a juvenile jail in California–and a Christmas spent in solitary. .¬† ¬†.¬†¬† .¬†¬† .¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†. ¬† .¬† ¬†.¬† ¬†. ¬† . ¬† .¬†¬† . ¬† […]

At U.N. Prisoners' Rights Meeting, U.S. Resists Limits on Solitary Confinement

David Fathi, who¬†directs the ACLU’s National Prison Project and its Stop Solitary initiative,¬†has been reporting from the U.N. Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting on revising the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMR), held last week in Buenos Aires.¬†Fathi reported that the United States delegation proposed some “concrete and positive changes to the SMR”–but […]

Mentally Ill Utah Prisoner Sentenced to 20 Days in Solitary for Not Moving Cup Fast Enough

Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah currently holds over 91 prisoners in solitary confinement in the Uinta One facility. Prisoners have described the facility as “a place of pain and terror” and a place where inmates “expect tragedy.” While Utah Department of Corrections admits that the facility on occasion houses¬†prisoners diagnosed as “mentally ill”, they […]

Tamms Supermax: Report Reveals More Guards Than Prisoners, Soaring Costs

The¬†Belleville News-Democrat¬†known for a¬†2009 expos√© that helped¬†rouse opposition to conditions at Tamms Supermax, has now provided new ammunition in the longstanding battle to close the notorious prison. In addition to being both unnecessary and abusive, Tamms is incredibly inefficient, according to a new story by George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer. Tamms Supermax, which is part […]