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Solitary confinement news and analysis from The Nation
August 20, 2019
The Vast Conspiracy Behind Jeffrey Epstein’s Death
No, Epstein was not killed by a cabal of powerful men who wanted to silence him. But his death was part of a larger plot: the US prison system.
November 12, 2018
Shining a Light on Life Behind Bars
In letters compiled by the American Prison Writing Archive, inmates share accounts of suicide, friendship, and solitary confinement.
July 13, 2018
‘As Long As Solitary Exists, They Will Find a Way to Use It’
Five years after he helped launch the largest-ever prison hunger strike, Todd Ashker is back in isolation. And he’s not the only one.
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.
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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.
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.