Solitary Confinement

A narrow, beige death row cell with a tray of food sitting on the sink

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. 'Solitary' Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. 

Must-See Interview: Black Panther Albert Woodfox, Free After 43 Years in Solitary

Woodfox is the last of the Angola 3 to be released from prison.

New York to Revamp How it Uses Solitary Confinement

More than 1,100 inmates will be moved out of isolation, and corrections officers will have to undergo de-escalation training.

The Settlement That Will Move 1,100+ NY Inmates Out of Solitary Confinement

New York State has reached an agreement that will revamp its approach to using solitary confinement and require corrections officers to undergo mandatory de-escalation training.

California Prisons Can No Longer Lock Offenders in Solitary Confinement for Decades

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that pit prison officials against 500+ offenders who had been in solitary confinement for more than a decade.

Rikers Island To End Solitary Confinement of Older Teens

And, jail guards set record for use of force in 2014

U.S. Sues New York City Over Rikers Island's Treatment of Teen Inmates

Rikers’ youngest inmates were routinely abused and put in solitary confinement.

Rikers Island Will End Solitary Confinement for Its Youngest Inmates

Inmates aged 16 and 17 will no longer be held in solitary confinement.

Former Rikers Island Youth Inmate Opens Up About Solitary Confinement

A new report on New York City’s use of solitary confinement for youth comes as the state is rolling back the practice.

Lawsuit: Juvenile Solitary Confinement Blocks Education

Contra Costa County holds youth with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them access to education, a federal lawsuit alleges.

New York to End Solitary Confinement for Youth and Pregnant Inmates

New York will be the largest prison system in the country to end the practice for youth inmates.