Beyond Guant√°namo, There's Long-Term Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

While it never uses the term “solitary confinement,” the front-page story in yesterday’s New York Times titled “Beyond Guant√°namo, a Web of Prisons for Terrorism Inmates” is in effect a survey of long-term solitary at the federal level. The article describes “an archipelago of federal prisons that stretches across the country, hidden away on back […]

Report from Panel Discussion on Prison Isolation Units

Solitary Watch was among the many¬†co-sponsors of a public¬†panel discussion on “Isolation Units within U.S. Prisons,” organized and hosted by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which was held in San Francisco on April 5.¬†The following report on the event comes from David Id, a reporter and editor for¬†¬†San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia. You can listen […]

Inside "Little Gitmo": Documents Detail Inmate Surveillance at Federal Prisons

Public Intelligence, a web-based project that describes itself as¬†“an international consortium of independent researchers who wish to aggregate and defend public information while maintaining its accessibility around the globe,” has published a series of documents relating to the Communications Management Units at two federal prison.¬†As we’ve written before, these “experimental” units, sometimes referred to as […]

The Puppy Protection Act and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Today we’re cross-posting an entry from my blog Unsilent Generation, because of its relevance to an issue we’ve written about before: environmental and animal rights activists placed in federal supermax Communications Management Units (CMUs) under the vastly overreactive¬†Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The gist of this is that if you pursue some modest reforms through […]

Super-Secretive Supermax Prisons: Last Day to Register Opposition

We’ve written before about Communications Management Units, the federal prison wings where inmates are kept not only in solitary confinement but¬†in a new type of extreme isolation, with severely curtailed ability to communicate with one another as well as with¬†the outside world.¬†The Bureau of Prisons now proposes¬†to make these units permanent. Today is the last […]

Obama's Plan Is the "Wrong Way to Close Guantanamo," Groups Warn

Part of Obama’s plan for fulfilling¬†his campaign promise to close Guantanamo¬†calls for¬†moving a piece of the notorious detention camp, virtually intact,¬†onto mainland American soil.¬†In a¬†letter sent to members of Congress this week,¬†a¬†coalition including the ACLU,¬† Amnesty International USA, and the Center for Constitutional Rights¬†warned against¬†this¬†portion of¬†the White House¬†plan for¬†Gitmo detainees, which the groups believe “could […]

Storming "Little Gitmo": Lawsuit Challenges Restricted Units in Federal Prisons

The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in D.C. on behalf of five prisoners held in solitary confinement in the “Communications Management Units” (CMUs) of two federal prisons. The “experimental” units were supposedly¬†designed to hold high-risk inmates, including terrorists, whose crimes warrant heightened monitoring of their external and […]