Seven Days in Solitary [6/10/18]

‚ÄĘ The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a 48-year-old man, Dan Vasalech, has been placed in solitary confinement in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh for a remark he made criticizing the administration‚Äôs decision to lock down the jail so that the corrections officers could attend the funeral of a recently deceased officer. Vasalech received a […]

Voices from Solitary: The Life of an Escape Artist

The following comes from Steven Jay Russell, who is currently¬†serving a 144-year sentence¬†at the all-solitary Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Texas. Notorious for¬†masterminding¬†four successful, non-violent escapes from Texas correctional facilities,¬†his story is¬†recounted in the movie¬†I Love You Phillip Morris.¬†Russell, who¬†has been held in administrative segregation for nearly two decades, is the¬†first person in U.S. history […]

Voices from Solitary: Life on Level 3, Texas Death Row

In many prisons, there are different “levels” of solitary confinement,¬†with differences in their living conditions, degree of isolation, and the¬†handful of¬†“privileges”–visits, phone calls, personal hygenine products and reading materials, and in some cases even blankets–afforded to prisoners there. At Lousiana’s Angola prison, for example, there are three levels of solitary confinement: The¬†long-term solitary¬†isolation unit¬†is called […]