Entries by Moya Atkinson

Mariposa McCall: “Change is Possible!”

I am Mariposa McCall, a psychiatrist in Northern California who is hoping our colleagues and professional organizations recognize publically and use their influence to bring an end to prolonged solitary confinement in American jails, prisons, and detention centers. Not only is there is a great need for solidarity among individuals and organizations to uphold human […]

Political Prisoners and the National Jericho Movement

  SWASC is concerned about the treatment of people who are in solitary confinement because of their political convictions. National Jericho Movement: Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition of the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States, despite the United States’ government’s continued […]

Soullessness and Prequel by Saint Solomon

by Saint Solomon Part I: Soullessness Soul is defined as the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect. To understand the souls of certain Black folks one must first understand the souls of certain white folks. For nearly half of century, the lives of Black folks have solely depended on the souls of […]

California Prisoners Demand Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) had been locking classes of prisoners up in solitary confinement since the ‘60s as part of CDCR’s para-military low-intensity warfare, to break the minds and spirits of its subjects, California’s prisoner class. CDCR’s solitary confinement has two operating components: 1) punishing you and 2) physically and mentally destroying […]

Disability Rights Maryland exposes abuses in the North Branch Correctional Institution

The following is SWASC’s partial Testimony in support of Bill #HB 786 submitted  by Moya Atkinson. Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement, a chapter of Social Welfare Action Alliance, welcomes this opportunity to testify. Our mission is to replace solitary confinement with humane alternatives.   Social workers and other health professionals find themselves aware of—or even […]

Solitary Confinement – My Story

by Saint Solomon My name is Saint Solomon. Presently, I am an author, essayist, lecturer and NY Amsterdam Newspaper contributor.Unfortunately, my life hasn’t always been this straight forward and productive. The majority of my formative years were spent withering away in dark and lonely prison cells Fortunately, while withering away in that pen, I learned […]

The Ethics of Social Work and Dual Loyalty in Solitary Confinement Settings: NASW’s Institutional Responsibility

In spite of growing opposition to the use of solitary confinement and the ethical dilemmas faced by social workers working in penal settings the National Association of Social Workers refuses to condemn the practice or even explore the issue with NASW members of SWASC. Solitary Confinement and its Impact Solitary Confinement, variously known as Administrative […]

Victor Pate, Human Rights Advocate, urges NYS: Act Now! Pass the HALT Bill

An excerpt from Katherine Todrys article Fixing Solitary Confinement In New York State Prisons. Katherine profiled Victor Pate who spent almost two years. off and on, in solitary confinement in New York prisons, at times isolated for 90 days. Below is Victor Pate’s article. Victor Pate:  New York Statewide Organizer for the Campaign of Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) […]

Ali Winters Exposes Tennessee’s “Safekeeping” Program

Ali Winters: Tennessee locks up ailing, mentally ill, pregnant and juvenile prisoners, called safekeepers in isolation to help jails save money.   Three years ago, through unwavering support from SWASC, I embarked on an advocacy campaign to address the oppression and victimization of a small, vulnerable group of citizens in Tennessee called safekeepers. These are innocent people, […]