One Month After Historic Hunger Strike, California Lawmakers Hold Hearings on Solitary Confinement

Guest Post by Victoria Law The following report on the October 9 hearing held by the California legislature originally appeared¬†on Truthout. The author,¬†Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, and mother. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press 2009), the editor of the zine Tenacious: Art and Writings […]

Seven Days in Solitary [10/20/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ The Seattle Times¬†reports on a new program for prisoners with mental illness who are held in isolation¬†at Washington’s¬†Monroe Correctional Complex. According to the story, “The new Reintegration and […]

Suicide of California Hunger Strike Participant Draws National Attention to a Broken System

Over the weekend, news came out that a hunger strike participant at California State Prison, Corcoran had committed suicide. Billy Michael Sell, 32, killed himself on July 22nd, two weeks after the launch of an on-going statewide hunger strike against long-term solitary confinement and related prison conditions. While the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation […]

Seven Days in Solitary [7/28/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ ¬†According to the¬†tally¬†kept by¬†The¬†Miami Herald, 68 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are hunger-striking, with 44 being force-fed and three hospitalized. The Guardian reports¬†on the Senate’s […]

Seven Days in Solitary [7/21/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ ¬†According to the¬†tally¬†kept by¬†The¬†Miami Herald, 70 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are hunger-striking, with 46 being force-fed and three hospitalized. Al Jazeera reports that¬†the parole […]

As 30,000 Join California Prison Hunger Strike, Corrections Officials Issue Guidelines on Starvation

On Monday, July 8th, California prisoners launched their third hunger strike in two years, protesting conditions in the Security Housing Units (SHUs), where thousands of prisoners are held in segregation units designed to limit communication. While the largest one-day participation of the prior two strikes rose to over 11,000, Monday’s strike began with a historic […]

Seven Days in Solitary [6/23/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ ¬†According to the¬†tally¬†kept by¬†The¬†Miami Herald,¬†104 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are now on hunger strike, with 44 being force-fed and one hospitalized.¬†The New York Times¬†reports¬†that […]

Seven Days in Solitary [5/4/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports, and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ ¬†Media coverage on the urgency of closing Guantanamo was particularly heavy this week, with numerous organizations and groups calling on President Obama to take immediate action. Most recently,¬†The […]

Seven Days in Solitary [4.12.13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports, and opinions on solitary confinement¬†from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚ÄĘ Developments surrounding the systemic failures in California prisons were covered heavily by the media.¬†Most recently, the Los Angeles Times reported on California judges’ threat to find Gov. Jerry Brown […]

Voices from Solitary: Isolated for Having a "Gang" Calendar

We have¬†heard¬†a lot¬†about the gang “validation” in California prisons–the process by which inmates are identified as members of prison gangs. Validation can land a prisoner in solitary for five, ten, even twenty years, and was the main focus of the recent hunger strikes at Pelican Bay and other California supermaxes.¬†We have also¬†heard stories of¬†prisoners who’ve […]