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Solitary Confinement

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

Following President Obama's Lead and Rethinking Justice for Youth

Robert Ross | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

We've been heading in the wrong direction and depriving our young people of the chance to reach their full potential, and too often we are punishing children for symptoms of health problems. We should reconsider how we work with adolescents who are crying out for help even as they make youthful mistakes.

Labor Unions Should Heed Obama's Call to Reform Solitary Confinement

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 01.28.2016 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

Correctional officers and their unions need to join the growing chorus to shut down solitary confinement in the U.S., not only to get on the right side of one of the major human rights issues of our day, but to address the long overdue subject of the well-being of workers in U.S. prisons and jails.

White House and Supreme Court Agree: Children Deserve a Shot at Redemption

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 01.26.2016 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Like the Court's decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, President Obama's action sends a strong message about the vulnerability of youth and our obligation as a society to safeguard children, even when they commit crimes.

End of Youth Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons Is Long Overdue | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices

In an historic moment yesterday, President Obama used his executive authority to end the use of solitary confinement for youth in the federal prison system. This action is incredibly important to the numerous youth who are prosecuted and sentenced as adults in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) each year.

President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Federal Prisons

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Monday announced that he is bannin...

Lawrence Phillips' Suspected Suicide: Solitary Confinement Is Sometimes Underused

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

The number of suicides in solitary confinement recently increased by one with the passing of former NFL star and college football champion Lawrence Ph...

Diasporic Dining: Cuisine Brutal or Solitaire?

Francis Levy | Posted 01.04.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

"New York Prisons Take an Unsavory Punishment Off theTable," ran The Times headline (NYT, 12/17/15). The story delivered a recipe for a Nutraloaf or...

When Winter Becomes Solitary Confinement

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The short days and long cold nights of winter can have a negative effect on people who already feel lonely and isolated.

Top Five Holiday Wishes for People in Prison

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

As I celebrate the holiday season surrounded by loving family and friends, my thoughts turn to the millions of incarcerated men and women surrounded by cold steel prison bars. In the holiday spirit of compassion, and with an ever-present eye toward public safety and correctional reform, I have compiled a list of my top five wishes for the incarcerated.

Solitary Confinement Makes Mass Incarceration More Problematic

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.17.2015 | Crime
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

State officials in New York are reforming their policy of keeping people convicted of non-violent offenses in solitary confinement. Some hail the decision; others, including corrections officers, object, saying that solitary confinement is necessary to maintain control, and they say that keeping an individual in solitary confinement is not inhumane.

New York Agrees To 'Historic' Reforms Of Solitary Confinement System

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

Tonja Fenton spent 270 consecutive days in a 6-by-10-foot cell, alone for 23 hours a day. She was there for three infractions of prison rules: purchas...

The Death of Good Citizenship: The Real Tragedy of the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 12.09.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

The number of inmates in solitary confinement in the State of New York hit a three-year high this past September -- over 4,000 prisoners.

Solitary Confinement: A Personal Take

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Looking into the future of American corrections, I present a question to both myself and others: If not solitary confinement, then what? For the most part there is no good answer in the current model of coercive rule.

They Swore They'd Never End Up Back In Prison. They All Did.

USA Today | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

IOWA PARK, Texas — Silvestre Segovia had vowed many times over that he would never return to solitary confinement....

In 10 States, Children Can Be Punished With Indefinite Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten states allow children in juvenile detention centers to be punished with solitary confinement indefinitely, according to a new repor...

Undocumented Immigrants Decry Solitary Confinement At Georgia Detention Center

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.14.2015 | Latino Voices

Several immigrant detainees are decrying the conditions at a remote, privately-run detention center in Lumpkin, Georgia, following a protest that was...

Fusion Petitions White House To End Juvenile Solitary Confinement, Previews New Documentary

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Representatives of Koch Industries, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Democratic Party and a TV network were just a few makin...

Against Solitary Confinement

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.

Pope Francis on Prison: 'I, Too, Could Be Here'

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Pope Francis has made his pastoral care for the imprisoned a very personal cause. When he visits prisons, he embraces the inmates physically and emotionally.

Prisoners' Struggle Ends Indefinite Solitary Confinement

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The purpose of the penal system is social rehabilitation, according to the ICCPR. In contravention of that mandate, the California legislature has specified that the purpose of sentencing is punishment. Solitary confinement implicitly denies any chance of social rehabilitation.

Nature Videos Could Help Inmates In Solitary Confinement Cope

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 09.14.2015 | Good News

Inmates in isolation at a Washington prison are finding some solace with a glimpse into the natural world.  Over the next few weeks, Washing...

Congress Is Coming Back, So The Government Could Be Shutting Down

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Legislators returning to the nation's capital after the August recess have one basic task: to fund the federal government for another year. But predic...

Even Prison Officials Want To Curb Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 09.03.2015 | Crime

A group representing prison leaders around the country came out strongly Wednesday in favor of severely limiting or even ending the use of solitary co...

97 Percent Of DC's Prisoners In One Type Of Solitary Confinement Are Black

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least 66,000 inmates in state and federal prisons were held in some form of solitary confinement last year, according to a report re...