As 30,000 Join California Prison Hunger Strike, Corrections Officials Issue Guidelines on Starvation

On Monday, July 8th, California prisoners launched their third hunger strike in two years, protesting conditions in the Security Housing Units (SHUs), where thousands of prisoners are held in segregation units designed to limit communication. While the largest one-day participation of the prior two strikes rose to over 11,000, Monday’s strike began with a historic […]

Fourteen Days in Solitary [7/7/13]

The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past two weeks that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. •  In response to a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held in solitary, the state of North Carolina filed a motion claiming that “prison guards used ‘minimal forc’ […]

New Feature: Letters to Solitary

When we publish Voices from Solitary, readers often ask how they can get in touch with the authors. Many people held in solitary confinement welcome correspondence from people on the outside. Readers interested in reaching out to people in isolation can visit our new page, Letters to Solitary, to find mailing addresses for some of the writers […]