Staff & Advisors

Staff & Consultants

James Ridgeway 1936-2021, Founding Director

Jean Casella, Director

Vaidya Gullapalli, Staff Writer/Editor

Katie Rose Quandt, Juan Moreno Haines, Senior Contributing Writers and Editors-at-Large

Sara Rain Tree, Editorial and Project Associate

Marlies Talay, Lifelines to Solitary Project Coordinator

Alexandra Rivera, Lifelines to Solitary Project Assistant

Roxanne Barnes, Veronica Riccobene, Sarah Shourd, Contributing Writers

Sophie Kane, Caitlin Konya, Valentina Flores, Alexandra Rivera, Research and Reporting Interns
[Get more information on internships at Solitary Watch.]

Michael Casella, Finance Consultant

Aziz Dehkan, Eighty 20 Group, Development Consultant


Lois Ahrens, Director, The Real Cost of Prisons Project

Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel Emeritus, Southern Center for Human Rights

David Bruck, Professor and Director, Virginia Captial Case Clearinghouse, Washington and Lee University School of Law

David C. Fathi, Director, ACLU National Prison Project

Bonnie Kerness, Coordinator, Prison Watch Project and STOPMAX Campaign, American Friends Service Committee

Robert King, activist and author; member of the Angola 3

Terry Kupers, MD, MSP, Institute Professor, The Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology; clinical psychiatrist and expert in forensic mental health

Michael B. Mushlin, Professor, Pace University School of Law

Wilbert Rideau, journalist and author; former editor of the Angolite at the Louisiana State Pententiary

Laura Rovner, Associate Professor and Director, Civil Rights Clinic, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Meryl Schwartz, Deputy Director, The Innocence Project

Jeffrey St. Clair, Editor, Counterpunch

Liliana Segura, Senior Editor, The Intercept

Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, CURE

Peter Wagner, Executive Director, Prison Policy Initiative

Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

Help Expose the Hidden World of Solitary Confinement

Accurate information and authentic storytelling can serve as powerful antidotes to ignorance and injustice. We have helped generate public awareness, mainstream media attention, and informed policymaking on what was once an invisible domestic human rights crisis.

Only with your support can we continue this groundbreaking work, shining light into the darkest corners of the U.S. criminal punishment system.