Voices from Solitary: Thin Comfort

The following comes from Joseph Stanwick, who has spent nearly two decades in solitary confinement in Texas. In this letter to Solitary Watch,¬†he describes his last¬†holiday season, which was¬†spent under¬†lockdown status. In supermax prisons and solitary confinement units, where people rarely leave their cells to begin with, lockdown often entails¬†further deprivations of things like regular […]

Lawsuit Challenges Conditions at ADX Federal Supermax

On Monday, June 18th, a class action lawsuit,¬†Bacote v. Federal Bureau of Prisons,¬†was filed against the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of five plaintiffs, all of them inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum–commonly known as ADX–in Florence,¬† Colorado. A must-read¬†three-part series of articles by Andrew Cohen, published this week by The Atlantic, covers […]

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 […]