Seven Days in Solitary [12/24/18]

‚ÄĘ The East Bay Times reported that a federal class-action lawsuit filed Friday claims two jails in Alameda County, California, violate the constitutional rights of the individuals held there through the use of ‚Äúsafety cells.‚ÄĚ These cells are used for people who express suicidal thoughts, who are stripped naked, given a smock, and isolated without […]

Seven Days in Solitary [9/9/18]

‚ÄĘ A lawsuit filed on behalf of Nicolas Reyes, a man from El Salvador serving a 47-year sentence at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia, claims that he has been held in solitary confinement solely based on his inability to complete a journal writing requirement for the step-down program because he does not speak or […]

Voices from Solitary: The Life of an Escape Artist

The following comes from Steven Jay Russell, who is currently¬†serving a 144-year sentence¬†at the all-solitary Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Texas. Notorious for¬†masterminding¬†four successful, non-violent escapes from Texas correctional facilities,¬†his story is¬†recounted in the movie¬†I Love You Phillip Morris.¬†Russell, who¬†has been held in administrative segregation for nearly two decades, is the¬†first person in U.S. history […]