Congressional Briefing on Solitary Confinement to Take Place This Week

For the first time, members of Congress will sponsor a Capitol Hill briefing on the use and abuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prison and jails. Sponsors include John Conyers, Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, andĀ panelists include severalĀ people we’ve written about before on Solitary Watch, including Robert King, Laura Rovner, and David Fathi. […]

Rising Criticism of Tamms Illinois Supermax

Some of the best reporting on solitary confinement last year came from Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlaczyk at the Belleville News-Democrat, a regional paperĀ in southwestern Illinois. Their multi-partĀ series on the state’s twelve-year-old supermax prison,Ā “Trapped in Tamms,”Ā appeared in the paper inĀ August. Their expose was particularly damningĀ on the treatment of mentally ill inmates at Tamms. In a […]