Seven Days in Solitary [12/20/2015]

Our Weekly Roundup of News and Views on Solitary Confinement

by | December 20, 2015

• The Intercept published an in-depth look into the federal lawsuit recently filed against the Santa Clara County jails. “While there have been a number of legal challenges to the use of solitary confinement over the last few decades, this is the first to take on its use in jails.”

• Solitary Watch’s Victoria Law covered changes made by NYC’s Board of Correction with regards to the use of solitary confinement in the city’s jails. “Under the new rule… if a person has committed a serious assault on jail staff, he or she can be stuck in segregation for up to 60 days without a seven-day waiver;” the seven-day waiver requires that after an individual spends 30 days in segregation, they must be placed in general population for at least seven consecutive days.

Aviva Stahl

Aviva Stahl is a Brooklyn-based reporter who writes about science/health at the intersection of mass incarceration, national security, and trans rights. She’s written for the New York Times, Wired, Buzzfeed News, Solitary Watch, and other outlets. Find her @stahlidarity and at stahlidarity.com.

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