Seven Days in Solitary [2/19/2017]

•  “Between 2012 and 2015, nine inmates in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester took their own lives, giving Oklahoma’s only state-owned maximum security prison the highest suicide rate among corrections facilities,” according to an article published by Oklahoma Watch. All were in a type of isolated confinement when they died. •  “A North Carolina […]

Seven Days in Solitary [2/12/2017]

•  State representative Aaron Regunburg, who has been chairing a Rhode Island House committee on the use of solitary confinement, was interviewed on a local radio station about the practice. “Solitary has been shown to damage mental health, and a high percentage of attempted suicides in prisons take place in solitary confinement,” notes the web […]

Seven Days in Solitary [2/5/2017]

•  The Allegheny County Jail has eased up on discipline and worked towards releasing incarcerated pregnant women, according to an article published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Five people locked up at Allegheny sued the jail last December, on allegations that they had been place in solitary, sometimes for weeks, for minor offenses like having too […]

Seven Days in Solitary [1/29/2017]

•  Timothy Muise was released from solitary confinement at MCI Norfolk in Massachusetts after being sent there for two weeks for speaking by phone to a local radio station, on the topic of lack of accountability in the Department of Corrections. His placement in the hole “pending investigation” of what was classified as a lowest level disciplinary […]

Seven Days in Solitary [1/22/2017]

• Just before leaving office, President Obama commuted the sentences of two survivors of solitary confinement. Puerto Rican Nationalist Oscar López Rivera spent 12 of his 35 years in prison in isolation. Whisteblower Chelsea Manning spent about a year in the box after her arrest, and was also placed in solitary after trying to commit […]

Seven Days in Solitary [1/15/2017]

•  At the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, MA, “dozens” of people allegedly refused to be locked in their cells after fights broke out on a unit. “According to the Department of Corrections, sprinkler heads were broken off, camera systems and the computer system were destroyed, and inmates used fire extinguishers and other makeshift weapons […]

Seven Days in Solitary [01/08/2017]

•  A 32-year-old man held in solitary confinement at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correction Center has been on hunger strike for about two months. “When in in the SHU, a person is always cuffed outside the cell. They make us stand with our back to the door and place our hands through a slot before and after […]

Seven Days in Solitary [01/01/2017]

•  The Charlotte Observer published a series of articles about the placement of youth in solitary in North Carolina’s jails, including one article that focused on the isolation of 16 and 17 year olds in Mecklenburg County, another article that outlined Mecklenburg County commissioner opposition to the practice, and a third article that examined the […]

Seven Days in Solitary [12/25/2016]

• The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Allegheny County in Pennsylvania for placing pregnant women in solitary confinement, a practice that is said to put both the mother and her child at risk. According to the lawsuit, some women have been placed in isolation in the Pittsburgh jail for relatively minor rule violations, like […]

Seven Days in Solitary [12/18/2016]

• Filmmaker James Burns voluntarily entered solitary confinement in the La Paz County Jail in Parker, Arizona. Every moment of his 30 days in the hole will be livestreamed here. • New York City’s Correction Officers’ Union announced it would be suing the city to block a new policy that would prohibit people from being […]

Seven Days in Solitary [12/11/2016]

• Federal appellate judges decided a lawsuit can proceed against officials at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, after correctional officers allegedly forced a prisoner to live in a solitary confinement cell flooded with raw sewage. Raul Arellano filed the lawsuit in October 2014, claiming that what occurred violated his Eighth Amendment […]