Seven Days in Solitary [4/29/19]

‚Äʬ†The Appeal reported that incarcerated hunger strikers protesting the use of solitary confinement and ‚Äúretaliatory transfers‚ÄĚ have been kept in appalling conditions at Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama. An incarcerated organizer described what happened when the water was shut off in cells: ‚ÄúThey was forced to stay in a cell with urine in the commode […]

Seven Days in Solitary [8/21/2016]

‚ÄĘ addressed the use of solitary for kids held in the city‚Äôs jails; in 2015, juveniles at Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center were placed in punitive segregation 41 times, for an average of 32 days. “It was the worst time of my life,” said Donyea Phillips, who tried to commit suicide during an 11-month stint […]

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 […]