Seven Days in Solitary [3/2/14]

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†Federal investigators have determined that the state of Pennsylvania violated both the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment and the American with Disabilities Act, by placing people with […]

UN: Solitary Confinement in the U.S. Can Be Torture, Force-Feeding Unacceptable

The use of solitary confinement in California prisons can amount to “cruel punishment, even torture.” This is according to¬†a recent¬†news release¬†from¬†the¬†Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in which UN¬†Special Rapporteur on torture Juan M√©ndez addresses the issue of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and specifically those in California. The statement […]

Seven Days in Solitary [7/21/13]

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, 70 of the 166 men held captive at Guantanamo are hunger-striking, with 46 being force-fed and three hospitalized. Al Jazeera reports that¬†the parole […]

Judge Rules California Solitary Confinement Lawsuit Should Have Its Day in Court

On Thursday, March 14th, U.S. District Court Judge¬†Claudia Wilken denied a motion by the state of California to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights against long term solitary confinement in the California prison system. The lawsuit, filed on May 31st, 2012, argues that California’s segregation of “gang-validated” prisoners in Security Housing […]

Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners Respond to California's Proposed Prisons Reforms

In response to reforms recently outlined by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regarding gang validation, a group of prisoners¬†held in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) submitted a “counter proposal” to prison activists. Asserting that the CDCR “is asking law makers and taxpayers to allow them to continue to violate […]

Confronting Torture in U.S. Prisons: A Q&A With Solitary Watch

The following interview with James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, conducted¬†by Angola 3 News, appeared earlier this week on Alternet (where you can read¬†the introduction, which¬†includes¬†background on the upcoming prisoner hunger strike at Pelican Bay.) Angola 3 News: How did you first become interested in the issue of solitary confinement and ultimately become inspired to start […]