The Hidden History of Solitary Confinement in New Jersey's Control Units

Guest Post by Bonnie Kerness Editor’s Note: As coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee‚Äôs Prison Watch Project, Bonnie Kerness is a leading voice for humanitarian reform of U.S. prisons, jails, and detention centers. Kerness is also a pioneer in raising awareness about the use of prolonged solitary confinement, and in uncompromisingly identifying the practice […]

Bonnie Kerness: Pioneer in the Struggle Against Solitary Confinement

Guest Post by Lance Tapley In 1986 Ojore¬†Lutalo, a black revolutionary in the Trenton State Prison ‚ÄĒ now the New Jersey State Prison ‚ÄĒ wrote to Bonnie Kerness’s American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)¬†office in Newark. His letter described the extreme isolation and other brutalities in the prison’s Management Control Unit, which he called a “prison […]

Voices from Solitary: Behind Enemy Lines

The artist Ojore¬†Lutalo¬†was released from Trenton State Penitentiary in¬†August 2009 by way of a court order. He maxed out after 28 year. 22 of which were spent in the Management Control Unit (solitary confinement). Lutalo¬†was imprisoned after an armed robbery conviction, but he was held in the MCU¬†because his political beliefs–his association with the with […]