UN: Solitary Confinement in the U.S. Can Be Torture, Force-Feeding Unacceptable

The use of solitary confinement in California prisons can amount to “cruel punishment, even torture.” This is according to¬†a recent¬†news release¬†from¬†the¬†Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in which UN¬†Special Rapporteur on torture Juan M√©ndez addresses the issue of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and specifically those in California. The statement […]

Pat Nolan's Evangelical Prison Reform

When it comes to Washington politics, a handful of congressman lead the way in shaping prison reform. At the forefront of this movement are John Conyers, Michigan’s ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee; Bobby Scott, Virginia‚Äôs¬†indefatigable opponent of solitary confinement; and Cedric Richmond, who, as a member of the Louisiana legislature, has spoken out […]

The Use of Isolation in U.S. Prisons: A Human Rights Issue

Guest Post by Bonnie Kerness Editor’s Note:¬†As coordinator of the¬†American Friends Service Committee‚Äôs Prison Watch Project, Bonnie Kerness is a leading voice for humanitarian reform of U.S. prisons, jails and detention centers. Kerness is also a pioneer in raising awareness about the use of prolonged solitary confinement and in uncompromisingly identifying the practice as a […]