Measure to Limit Solitary Confinement Advances in Senate Immigration Bill

The immigration reform bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week¬†includes an amendment that would curtail the use of solitary confinement on immigrant detainees.¬†While¬†the measure’s¬†reach is limited, its¬†passage by the Committee nonetheless represents a significant step for human rights activists working to help shape the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, which […]

Seven Days in Solitary [5/26/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚Äʬ†¬†According to the tally kept by the Miami Herald,¬†103 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, with 34 being force-fed and 5 hospitalized.¬† […]

Seven Days in Solitary [5/19/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚Äʬ†¬†Coverage of Guantanamo was heavy again throughout the past week as the hunger strike reached its 100th day. An estimated 102¬†of the 166 detainee are refusing food, and¬†some 30 […]

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Brutality in Solitary Confinement Unit at North Carolina Prison

Lawyers at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of eight people held in solitary¬†confinement¬†at Central Prison¬†against officers and¬†administrators¬†at the facility.¬†As reported¬†by the Associated Press: A federal lawsuit on behalf of eight inmates at North Carolina’s Central Prison alleges correctional officers used “blind spots” out of view of security cameras […]

Voices from Solitary: "Extradition"

Today we arrive in London, where on Thursday we will speak at a forum entitled “Extradited to a Future of Torture: The Reality of Solitary Confinement in America.” Hosted by the International State Crimes Initiative (ISCI)¬†at Kings College London, the event features the premiere of a film made by the Yale Visual Law Project, The […]

Seven Days in Solitary [5/12/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ ¬†Media coverage on the urgency of closing Guantanamo was heavy throughout the past week, with an estimated 100 ¬†of the 166 detainees hunger striking. Most recently, Al Jazeera […]

Voices from Solitary: Growing Old in Isolation

Shawn Fisher,¬†who is serving a life sentence at Massachusetts Correctional Institution–Shirley, has written to Solitary Watch making the argument that the treatment of many elders in prison is in fact a form of solitary confinement. An organization of lifers in Massachusetts¬†has urged the state legislature to adopt some sort of compassionate leave act that would […]