Protesters hold a banner that reads "END Long-Term Solitary Confinement." (AFSC)
22 Sep 2015

Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement In U.S. Prisons (VIDEO)

American Friends Service Network: At any given time, there are more than 80,000 people in solitary confinement in prisons across the United States—locked up in closed cells for at least 23 hours every day and deprived of human contact for months, years, even decades.

Vernon C. Bain Correctional Barge, a floating jail that houses about 800 inmates as part of New York City's RIkers Island complex, photographed on September 4, 2006. (Flickr / reivax)
22 Sep 2015

New York City Council Adopts Eight Bills For Transparency, Oversight Of Jails

Last week, the New York City Council sent eight bills to Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s desk aimed at bringing greater transparency to the city’s jails. The wave of legislation was introduced this past spring and its passage marks the latest efforts by the city to reign in the brutal culture of violence and impunity that has reigned inside its jails for years.

Photo from Vera Institute of Justice report on alternatives to solitary confinement
02 Sep 2015

California Agrees To Restrict Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

California has agreed to restrict the use of long-term solitary confinement in a settlement agreement filed in federal court this week. Restrictions are expected to reduce the number of inmates in isolation, cap the number of continuous years an inmate can spend in solitary confinement to five, and establish measures by which inmates can more easily achieve release back to general population.

File: A rainbow Pride flag blows in the wind. (Flickr / torbakhopper)
25 Aug 2015

Chicago LGBTQ Inmates Speak Out Against Solitary Confinement, Homophobia

LGBTQ prison abolition group Black & Pink began publishing letters from inmates in solitary confinement last month in an effort to shed light on the abuse and harassment they suffer. Black & Pink explained that last summer, their Chicago chapter contacted to over 100 inmates in isolation to ask for their experiences.

Veronika Abu Sisi (left), whose husband, Palestinian political prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi, is held in solitary confinement by Israel, holds a picture of him as she speaks to supporters outside the couple's Gaza City apartment on August 26, 2013. (Flickr / Joe Catron)
17 Aug 2015

Kidnapped Abroad And Solitary Confinement: This Is What Due Process Looks Like For A Palestinian In Israel

Last month, an Israeli judicial panel sentenced Dirar Abu Sisi, a 46-year-old civil engineer, to 21 years in prison for aiding Hamas’ rocket program. This plea deal capped a four-year ordeal that began with Abu Sisi’s unprecedented kidnapping on a train bound for Kiev in the dead of a Ukrainian winter in February 2011.

Chelsea Manning's prison mugshot from week she began hormone therapy (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
16 Aug 2015

US Military Denies Chelsea Manning Access to Prison Legal Library Prior to Hearing

Days before Chelsea Manning is supposed to appear before a disciplinary board, the United States military has denied her access to the prison legal library. Manning, a whistleblower who is serving a 35-year sentence for providing over a half million documents to WikiLeaks, has been accused by officers at Fort Leavenworth

A pair of Free Chelsea protest signs photographed at San Francisco Pride on June 29, 2014. Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement in retaliation for petty offenses like possessing an expired tube of toothpaste. (Flickr / Torbakhooper)
13 Aug 2015

Petition: Keep Chelsea Manning Out Of Solitary!

Chelsea Manning is facing indefinite solitary confinement for supposed “crimes” like possessing magazines and an expired tube of toothpaste. Sign this petition to keep her from being tortured!

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
12 Aug 2015

US Military Threatens Chelsea Manning with Indefinite Solitary Confinement

The United States military has issued a set of “charges” or allegations against Chelsea Manning, which could potentially result in a punishment of indefinite solitary confinement at Fort Leavenworth where she is serving her sentence. According to a list the military sent to Manning, which Fight for the Future posted, the allegations include “disrespect,” “disorderly conduct,” “prohibited property,” and “medicine misuse.”

Kalief Browder speaks to local news. (Screenshot)
06 Aug 2015

Kalief Browder’s Family Is Suing New York City for $20 Million

The New York Daily News reports the family of Kalief Browder will serve New York City with a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit. Browder’s case was one of the driving forces behind the jail reform movement in New York City, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to order changes to the city’s solitary confinement policy for juvenile inmates.