James Ridgeway, 1936–2021

Dear Friends: We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Solitary Watch’s founder and co-director, James Ridgeway. Jim died on Saturday at the age of 84, after a brief illness. Some of you were fortunate enough to know him personally. Anyone who has visited this site, read his other reporting, or learned about the travesty of solitary confinement—which […]

Now Available—Our New Book: The First Collection of Voices from Solitary Confinement

UPDATE — UPCOMING BOOK EVENTS: After a standing-room-only launch at the Open Society Foundations in New York on March 15, we are planning several more book events/readings in the coming months. Stay tuned for future updates. Wednesday, April 13, 6-8 pm: Launch Event and Reading at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets, Washington, DC. Click […]

Seven Days in Solitary [3/8/2015]

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. • Fusion published a five-minute video by Molly Crabapple entitled, “Why solitary confinement is a form of modern-day torture.” • The Guardian published an article about Tony Lester, who had a diagnosis […]