Leading Mental Health Experts Urge Illinois Legislators to Close Tamms Supermax

When it comes to the psychological effects of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, there are three acknowledged experts: Drs. Stuart Grassian, Craig Haney, and Terry Kupers. The three have collaborated on a joint statement on the closure of Tamms supermax prison, which was proposed last month by Illinois governor Pat Quinn. The statement is directed […]

Illinois Governor Proposes Closing Controversial Tamms Supermax Prison

In a budget briefing held this afternoon, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed closing the state’s notorious Tamms supermax prison. The proposal is part of a package of deep spending cuts to nearly all areas of state government, which Quinn called a “rendezvous with reality.” Tamms holds more than 200 prisoners in long-term solitary confinement in conditions that […]