Seven Days in Solitary [5/12/13]

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. ‚ÄĘ ¬†Media coverage on the urgency of closing Guantanamo was heavy throughout the past week, with an estimated 100 ¬†of the 166 detainees hunger striking. Most recently, Al Jazeera […]

Federal Judge Criticizes Supermax Confinement in Colorado

Last week we wrote about a trial beginning in Federal District Court in Denver, in which Troy Anderson, a prisoner with mental illness, is challenging his twelve years of solitary confinement at the Colorado State Penitentiary. The lawsuit, filed by¬†student lawyers at¬†the University of Denver Law School’s Civil Right Clinic,¬†could have broad significance because it […]

Fortresses of Solitude (Part 2)

Ca√Īon City, Colorado, is the Solitary Confinement Capital of the Western World. Now, a Small Group Lawyers, Legislators, and Activists Is Challenging This All-American Form of Torture. Part 2: Showdown at the Colorado State Penitentiary Time passes slowly for the 750 prisoners at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) on the outskirts of Ca√Īon City. For […]