Seven Days in Solitary [7/26/2015]

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. ‚Äʬ†North Carolina reached a $2.5 million settlement with the estate of Michael Kerr, who died of dehydration in 2014 after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days. ‚Äʬ†According […]

Seven Days in Solitary [5/24/2015]

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. ‚Äʬ†The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Crime Justice has revised its international standards¬†for the treatment of prisoners. The rules call for solitary confinement to be limited to a […]

Seven Days in Solitary [1/4/2015]

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. ‚Äʬ†A Massachusetts judge has tentatively approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit that alleged abuses at Bridgewater State Hospital, including the excessive use of solitary confinement. A lead attorney […]

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 [6/9/13]

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 41 being force-fed and four hospitalized. The Miami […]

Massachusetts Court Rules Against Solitary Confinement Without Due Process

On November 27, in a¬†ruling that may have wider implications for the use and abuse of soliary confinement in American prisons, a Massachusetts inmate won¬†a longstanding¬†case against the prison that illegally held him in segregation, as well as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Corrections.¬†The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts found that the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC) […]

More Suicides in Solitary Plague Massachusetts Prisons

Five years ago, the Boston Globe¬†did a comprehensive expos√© on what it called the¬†“Prison Suicide Crisis”¬†in Massachusetts. The Globe found that prisoners in the state were taking their own lives at a rate three times the national average–and that “most of the deaths came after careless errors and deadly decisions by Department of Correction officials […]