The Solitary Confinement Resource Center is a curated, fully searchable database of media, research, firsthand accounts, court and policy documents, and advocacy tools on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities.

Although some 80,000 people are held in isolation in the United States on any given day, solitary confinement units and supermax prisons long functioned as virtual black sites, hidden from the public, policymakers, and the press. Today, despite the best efforts of a system that resists transparency, the body of information on solitary confinement is growing, but it remained scattered and difficult to access.

Believing that information can be a powerful force for change, Solitary Watch joined with the Unlock the Box national campaign to create this central, comprehensive bank of resources for use by advocates, journalists, scholars, educators, attorneys, health care providers, corrections officials, solitary survivors and their loved ones, and other concerned citizens who seek to shine a light on one of the darkest corners of our criminal justice system.

We encourage Solitary Watch readers to explore the Solitary Confinement Resource Center, and use the form found on the site to suggest additional resources.

The Solitary Confinement Resource Center is made possible through a grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.

3 thoughts on “Announcing the Solitary Confinement Resource Center

  1. Thank you for this wonderful resource. Members of Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement (SWASC) will promote it to social work professionals, faculty, students and related organizations, legislators, advocates etc. if it hasn’t already been done by Unlock the Box Campaign members. Unfortunately, our website is down for maintenance – hopefully it will be up by November 15.
    Moya Atkinson

  2. My son is in the California State Prison. On November 29, 2017l8 the Judge ordered my son to take medication for schizophrenia my son do not hear voices he may have depression and may even be bipolar because he’s been in prison for a long time we’re fighting to get him out but they want to put him on high doses of medications so that he can not be coherent can you please refer me to a attorney my son and fighting his case now we’re now ready for the federal level Appeals we have some money and we’re looking for a attorney that can help prisoners with mental-health disabilities.Please how can I help my son against this weapon that the prison in using called tranquilizers.Thank you you are appreciated

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