Seven Days in Solitary [08/20/2017]

‚Äʬ†The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit alleging that overcrowding in the state‚Äôs prison system had caused the ‚Äúneedless suffering and death‚ÄĚ of people on the inside. According to the Omaha World-Herald, ‚Äúthe 87-page suit alleges that inmates, especially those with disabilities and mental health problems, are denied adequate health care […]

New Report Criticizes Use of Solitary Confinement in New Mexico Prisons and Jails

An important new report and accompanying press release¬†issued by the New Mexico Center on Law and¬†Poverty (NMCLP) and the ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) finds that solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails is both “overused” and understated. The report further states that the use of isolation, as practiced by the¬†New Mexico Corrections Department […]

Abu Ghraib, California: Report Shows Brutal Abuse of Prisoners in LA County Jails

A report released yesterday¬†by¬†the ACLU National Prison Project and ACLU of Southern California shows a pattern of brutal abuse in the Los Angeles County Jail system, which at times crossed the line into torture.¬†The abuse has been carried out by the sheriff’s deputies in charge of prisoners in the county’s jails,¬†who according to eyewitnesses have […]

ACLU Takes a Strong Stand Against Solitary Confinement

Over the last two weeks, the ACLU has adopted a much more vigorous stance against solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails.¬†It has¬†launched a listserv¬†to bring together lawyers,¬†activists, scholars, journalists, and others interested in the subject, and asked the UN Human Rights Council to look into solitary‚Äôs torturous effects on prisoners in the United States. […]

ACLU Calls on U.N. Human Rights Official to Stop Teen's Torture in Montana Prison

A teenager in solitary confinement at Montana State Prison has been subject to such brutal treatment that the¬†American Civil Liberties Union today called upon¬†a U.N. expert on torture to intervene on his behalf. “The conditions of Robert’s confinement are so appalling that they flout universally recognized human rights standards,¬†including his absolute right to be free […]