Federal Court Acknowledges Growing Legal and “Scientific Consensus” on Harms Caused by Solitary Confinement

A recent federal appeals court ruling from the Third Circuit of Appeals in Philadelphia could alter the landscape for solitary confinement impact litigation across the country. In what advocates are calling a landmark opinion, the court extensively documented the psychological and physical damage wrought by long-term solitary, quoted the accounts of solitary survivors, and acknowledged […]

Federal Appeals Court Considers Tommy Silverstein's 30 Years in Extreme Solitary Confinement

Thomas Silverstein has been called “the most dangerous prisoner in America,” based on several prison murders that took place 30 years ago. He has also been called “America’s most isolated man,” based on the conditions in which he has lived during those 30 years–conditions which, Silverstein and his lawyers contend, clearly constitute cruel and unusual punishment. […]

Solitary Confinement Comes to Capitol Hill

Most of the presentations at this past week’s congressional briefing on the effects of long-term solitary confinement provided a simple overview of what Solitary Watch’s readers know well: prolonged, isolated confinement causes serious psychological damage, and most courts and legislatures have been unwilling to find harsh practices unconstitutional or to change this nation’s current trajectory. […]

Congressional Briefing on Solitary Confinement to Take Place This Week

For the first time, members of Congress will sponsor a Capitol Hill briefing on the use and abuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prison and jails. Sponsors include John Conyers, Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, and panelists include several people we’ve written about before on Solitary Watch, including Robert King, Laura Rovner, and David Fathi. […]