Solitary Survivor Sarah Shourd Joins SW to Produce Play Featuring Voices from Solitary Confinement

Sarah Shourd has joined Solitary Watch as a contributing editor and director of an innovative theater project based on the experiences of people in solitary confinement in the United States. Sarah, who spent more than a year in solitary confinement in an Iranian prison after being detained while hiking in Iraq near the border,¬†has been […]

Seven Days in Solitary [6/23/13]

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 ¬†According to the¬†tally¬†kept by¬†The¬†Miami Herald,¬†104 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, with 44 being force-fed and one hospitalized.¬†The New York Times¬†reports¬†that […]

Voices from Solitary: 13.5 Square Feet

Menard Correctional Center is the largest maximum security prison in the state of Illinois. A¬†December 2011¬†report by the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group, depicts Menard¬†as decrepit, overcrowded, violent, and subject to frequent lockdowns. In the¬†Segregation Unit, two men are housed, often in continuous 24-hour-a-day confinement, in cells designed for one person. The cells […]

Seven Days in Solitary [6/16/13]

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 ¬†According to the¬†tally¬†kept by¬†The¬†Miami Herald,¬†104 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, with 44 being force-fed and¬†two hospitalized. The Miami Herald also […]

Suicide in Solitary: A Mother Remembers Her Son

Yesterday we published a guest post by the Human Rights Coalition (HRC)¬†about the U.S. Department of Justice’s scathing report on the Pennsylvania prison SCI Cresson.¬†According to the DOJ, ‚ÄúCresson routinely locks prisoners with serious mental illness in their cells for roughly 23 hours per day for months, even years, at a time. At Cresson, the […]

U.S. DOJ Documents Torturous Treatment in Pennsylvania Solitary Confinement Unit

Guest Post by the Human Rights Coalition Editors’ Note: The following article is reprinted from a special edition of the PA Prisons Report, a publication of the Human Rights Coalition. HRC is a Pennsylvania-based¬†“group of prisoners’ families, ex-prisoners, and supporters”¬†which believes that “the prison system reflects all inequalities in our society, and it does not […]

Seven Days in Solitary [6/9/13]

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 ¬†According to the¬†tally¬†kept by The¬†Miami Herald,¬†104 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, with 41 being force-fed and four hospitalized. The Miami […]