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Solitary confinement news and analysis from The Nation
April 25, 2016
Immigrants Are Dying In Detention While ICE Ignores Its Own Medical Standards
A new report demonstrates how medical negligence played a significant role in many detention center deaths.
February 22, 2016
How a Former Black Panther Could Change the Rules of Solitary Confinement
The case of Russell Maroon Shoatz, who spent nearly 30 years in solitary confinement, could set a precedent for others held in prolonged isolation.
October 19, 2015
I Went to Prison at Age 60. Here’s What I Learned.
Don’t overlook the needs of the elderly in criminal-justice reform.
October 14, 2015
The Senate’s Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill Only Tackles Half the Problem
If we don’t face the injustice of the very existence of prisons, the root causes of mass incarceration will go unaddressed.
Mychal Denzel Smith
February 24, 2015
A 2-Day Revolt at a Texas Private Prison Reveals Everything That’s Wrong with Criminalizing Immigration
The uprising puts the spotlight on the cozy relationship between private prison corporations and the nation’s immigration enforcement machinery.
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December 15, 2014
US Torture Didn’t End When Bush Left Office
But the Senate report could be the opening we need to really make US torture a thing of the past.
October 14, 2014
How One Man Refused to Spy on Fellow Muslims for the FBI—and Then Lost Everything
The case of Ayyub Abdul-Alim fits a decades-long pattern of government criminalization of African-American Muslims.
May 21, 2014
Ohio Will Stop Using Solitary Confinement to Punish Kids
A federal settlement to eliminate the use of seclusion on juvenile offenders is the first of its kind.
May 15, 2014
Watch Eric Holder Blast the ‘Excessive’ Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities
International organizations have said the seclusion of youth in custody amounts to torture.
October 2, 2012
Unlock The Box: The Fight Against Solitary Confinement in New York
As a movement against punitive segregation in local prisons and jails, a new report by the New York Civil Liberties Union reveals more disturbing details than ever before.