Seven Days in Solitary [12/1/13]

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The following roundup features noteworthy news, reports and opinions on solitary confinement from the past week that have not been covered in other Solitary Watch posts. • The Los Angeles Times publishes an editorial calling for lawmakers to apply Pelican Bay’s restrictions on solitary confinement at correctional facilities statewide. “As lawmakers prepare for the second half […]

Voices from Solitary: Haunted by Memory’s Ghosts

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The following account comes from our faithful reader Alan CYA #65085. He recalls time spent, more than 40 years ago, in a juvenile jail in California–and a Christmas spent in solitary. .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   […]

Solitary Confinement Widely Used in California’s Juvenile Jails

CHILDREN IN LOCKDOWN Based on findings by the state’s own court-appointed overseers, California Watch reports that “Juvenile inmates at California correctional facilities have been held in isolation nearly 24 hours straight on hundreds of occasions this year, in violation of state regulations.” An audit by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in March found multiple facilities […]

Richard Ross Photographs Children in Solitary Confinement

Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center Biloxi, Mississippi 2009

CHILDREN IN LOCKDOWN Earlier this month, Pete Brook’s Prison Photography blog featured the work of Richard Ross, whose latest project is “Suitable Placement: Juvenile Justice in America.” This large and devastatingly powerful collection of photographs includes many of children held in some form of solitary confinement, from traditional cells to “rubber rooms.” On his web […]