The End of Tamms Supermax

As the new year began, the notorious Tamms state¬†supermax in southern Illinois closed its doors forever. The closure marked the end of a decade-long effort that combined legal and political pressure with press exposes and tireless grassroots organizing. One excellent¬†recap of this effort and its remarkable outcome was published by In These Times, here. Two […]

Judge Rules Procedures at Tamms Supermax Violate Constitution

A federal judge yesterday ruled that current procedures for sending prisoners to the Tamms Correctional Center in southern¬†Illinois–and keeping them there indefinitely–is in violation of the¬†14th Amendment to¬†U.S. Constitution, which guarantees due process of law. The judge ordered that significant changes be made at the notorious state supermax. George¬†Pawlaczyk, whose award-winning coverage last year exposed […]

Rising Criticism of Tamms Illinois Supermax

Some of the best reporting on solitary confinement last year came from Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlaczyk at the Belleville News-Democrat, a regional paper¬†in southwestern Illinois. Their multi-part¬†series on the state’s twelve-year-old supermax prison,¬†“Trapped in Tamms,”¬†appeared in the paper in¬†August. Their expose was particularly damning¬†on the treatment of mentally ill inmates at Tamms. In a […]