Seven Days in Solitary [7/19/21]

•  A group of more than 20 men at David Wade Correctional Center in Louisiana went on a hunger strike last week to call attention to the torture-like conditions they are experiencing. They are part of a program in which incarcerated people from another prison—Elayn Hunt—are sent to David Wade for intensive disciplinary segregation. The […]

Seven Days in Solitary [7/5/21]

• A survey conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland found that “five in six voters favor sharply restricting the use of solitary confinement.” The survey found that the majority of American voters support reforms that would limit the use of solitary, including 84% of Republican and 90% of Democrat […]

Seven Days in Solitary [6/21/21]

• According to a press release published in the Beachwood Reporter, a judge certified a class action lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) earlier this month. The more than 28,000 people represented by the Uptown People’s Law Center filed the lawsuit to seek a court order that will limit IDOC’s ability to use solitary […]

Seven Days in Solitary [6/7/21]

• A new report found that at least 786 people died in Louisiana’s jails and prisons between 2015 and 2019. The report is the result of research conducted by Andrea Armstrong of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and a team of law students as part of the Death Behind Bars in Louisiana project, […]

Fourteen Days in Solitary [5/31/21]

• “It’s hard to escape the conclusion that this isn’t just a place where people do time—it’s a place where people go to be broken.” A blog post on the website of Arnold Ventures provides an in-depth look at solitary confinement, the way it affects incarcerated people, their families, and correctional officers, and recent reforms […]

A Month in Solitary [5/3/21]

• Brian Nelson spent 23 years of his 28-year sentence in solitary confinement, many of them in the notorious Tamms supermax state prison in Illinois, which has since been closed. After his release, Nelson dedicated himself to advocating for the rights of people in prison through his work with the Uptown People’s Law Center in […]