Communities across the country are joining Together to End Solitary Confinement.
Join in coordinated actions every 23rd of the month for the 23 or more hours people spend in their solitary cell every day.
On Friday, December 22, the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NY-CAIC) held its second annual caroling event at Governor Cuomo’s office in Manhattan. Advocates at the event urged Governor Cuomo to support restrictions on time spent in solitary confinement to 15 days and develop alternative solutions for incarcerated persons who need longer periods of separation from the general prison population.
Last month, the ACLU of Connecticut, The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) and The Yale Undergraduate Prison Project partnered to bring together Inside the Box, a multi-faceted program designed to enable solitary confinement advocates to “experience, get educated, and become equipped to advocate.”
On February 6th, HBO will premiere “SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON.” A compelling and haunting documentary from award-winning filmmaker Kristi Jacobson, SOLITARY takes the viewer inside one of America’s notorious supermax prisons to expose the horrors and dehumanizing effects of solitary confinement. You can view a trailer of the film here.
As 2016 draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the progress made over the past year to stop solitary confinement. Throughout the country, at both the federal and state level, legislative bodies, departments of corrections and executive agencies enacted progressive, vital reforms, placing severe restrictions on who can be placed in solitary and for how long. Additionally, the courts have approved influential settlements in far-reaching litigations that will affect thousands of incarcerated men and women. Many of the most far-ranging reforms have addressed the issue of placing youthful offenders in solitary confinement – with several states and the federal government effectively putting an end to the use of solitary confinement for kids, at the same time recognizing that the effects of prolonged solitary confinement on a developing mind can be devastating. Below is a brief look-back at some of the reforms that were made in 2016. Please consult this timeline for more information on other crucial milestones in solitary reform.