Seven Days in Solitary [2/8/2015]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. ‚Äʬ†The American Civil Liberties Union and the Texas Civil Rights Project released a report on the use of the solitary confinement in the state‚Äôs prisons. According to the report,¬†Texas […]

Obama's Plan Is the "Wrong Way to Close Guantanamo," Groups Warn

Part of Obama’s plan for fulfilling¬†his campaign promise to close Guantanamo¬†calls for¬†moving a piece of the notorious detention camp, virtually intact,¬†onto mainland American soil.¬†In a¬†letter sent to members of Congress this week,¬†a¬†coalition including the ACLU,¬† Amnesty International USA, and the Center for Constitutional Rights¬†warned against¬†this¬†portion of¬†the White House¬†plan for¬†Gitmo detainees, which the groups believe “could […]

If You Build It, They Will Come: Obama Commits to Gitmo North

The federal government confirmed on Thursday that it¬†plans to buy Thomson Correction Center. Obama has long envisioned the state prison in rural Illinois as a new home for the¬†detainees from the so-called war on terror who are currently¬†housed at Guantanamo¬†Bay.¬†But it is quite possible that no Gitmo¬†residents will ever live there.¬† According to Lynn Sweet’s […]