Voices from Solitary: Solitary Confinement’s Invisible Scars

Solitary confinement cell in a New York state prison.

The following comes from our friend and colleague Five Omar Mualimm-ak, who works for prison reform in New York with the American Friends Service Committee, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, New York City Jails Action Coalition, and New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, among other groups. He served twelve years in […]

Voices from Solitary: Disciplined Into Madness and Death

bedford hills

The following essay comes from Sara Rodrigues, formerly imprisoned at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for women in Westchester, New York, and now further upstate at Albion. When Sara was sent to prison at the age of 16, she found her friend D there as well. Both Sara and D had life-long struggles with mental health, and […]

Solitary Confinement: New York’s Hidden Problem


The title of this post is the title of an article that appeared in yesterday’s New York Law Journal by Michael Mushlin, professor at Pace Law School and a longtime advocate for the reduction and reform of solitary confinement. As Mushlin points out, the prison population in New York State has dropped by 16.75 percent in […]