30 Nov 2016

Report Offers Rare Data On Solitary Confinement In United States

A new report provides a rare view of “current comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing,” which is more commonly known as solitary confinement. Released by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and Yale Law Schools’ Liman Program, the report, “Aiming To Reduce Time-In-Cell,” outlines efforts undertaken by various jurisdictions

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Eastern Oregon State Penitentiary. Photo by Sam Beebe.
21 Oct 2016

Prison Officials Block Mail And Visitation In Attempt To Stifle Prison Organizing

Prisoners on strike against slave labor speak out after authorities rejected mail and blocked members of the media from visiting with them.

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06 Oct 2016

How Some Prisons Swiftly Moved To Undermine National Prison Strike

More details are finally being shared on what happened in the early days of a massive national prison strike that has now lasted for about a month.

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23 Sep 2016

Army Punishes Chelsea Manning With Two Weeks Of Solitary Confinement

Chelsea Manning went before a three-member disciplinary board at Fort Leavenworth on September 22 and was punished with 14 days of solitary confinement. The punishment stems from administrative charges the United States Army brought against Manning after she attempted suicide in July. The Army charged her with “resisting the force

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Still from "Toughest Prisons in America - Lewisburg Federal Documentary." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ipVwX7frk
07 Sep 2016

Changes To Federal Solitary Confinement Rules Modestly Improve Cruel Conditions

The Bureau of Prisons changed its policies governing Special Management Units in federal prisons, but they are unlikely to meaningfully improve living conditions.

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US Penitentiary, Marion. Photo by Bureau of Prisons.
22 Aug 2016

Appeals Court: Prisoners Have ‘Liberty Interest’ In Not Being Put In Secretive Prison Units

A federal appeals court reinstated a case challenging the government’s use of secretive, experimental prison units known as communications management units.

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Still from White House video of President Obama's visit to El Reno FCI. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hGZ7AMk39Q
18 Aug 2016

Obama Administration Isn’t Planning To End Private Prison Contracts

In a memorandum sent to the Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Justice announced it would begin “reducing and ultimately ending” the use of private prisons.

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03 Aug 2016

Watchdog: New York Program For Disabled Inmates In Solitary Confinement Rife With Abuse

A new report by Disability Rights New York finds a rehabilitation program for prisoners in solitary confinement, who have disabilities, is marred by abuse.

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Federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Photo by The Enigmatic Traveler on Flickr
28 Apr 2016

LIVE: Jean Casella Discusses Solitary Confinement Through Stories Of Prisoners

At 8:00PM East, Brian Sonenstein and Jean Casella discuss Hell Is A Very Small Place, a collection diaries and essays on solitary confinement.

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Cover art for Hell Is A Very Small Place
26 Apr 2016

Event Preview: Exploring Dimensions Of Solitary Confinement With Jean Casella

Hell Is A Very Small Place forces readers to reconcile their beliefs about solitary confinement with the words of people enduring it right now.

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