Seven Days in Solitary [9/9/19]

‚Äʬ†According to the¬†Associated Press, NBC news anchor Lestor Holt spent two nights in a cell at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, to report on criminal justice reform. Holt stayed in the prison‚Äôs death row unit, where people are isolated in their cells for 23 hours a day. The man housed next to Holt had […]

New Federal Supermax Prison Will Double Capacity for Extreme Solitary Confinement

Amid growing controversy around the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, and in advance of an audit of its own prison ‚Äúsegregation‚ÄĚ practices, the federal government is quietly moving ahead with a plan that would significantly increase its capacity to house individuals in long-term isolation. The 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by […]

Holder Makes Obama Administration's First Public Statement on Solitary Confinement

In a weekly video message earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder made the first public statement on¬†solitary confinement to emerge from the Obama White House (or, as far as we know, any U.S. presidential administration). A¬†statement accompanying the 3-minute video on the Department of Justice’s website outlines¬†the position taken¬†by Holder–and, by implication, the DOJ […]

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 […]

No Obama Budget Freeze for Prisons

In the nation with the world’s highest incarceration rate, amid talk of dangerously high deficits and budget freezes, the White House proposes dramatically increasing spending on U.S. prisons. A¬†newly released report from the Justice Policy Institute, titled “The Obama Administration’s 2011 Budget: More Policing, Prisons, and Punitive Policies,” analyzes the priorities reflected¬†in the president’s¬†overall spending […]