Entries by Emily Lane

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ICE Detention: Government-sponsored, Hate-filled Disruption of Immigrants’ and their Families’ Lives: What Can We Do?

Article and Statement by: Moya Atkinson Below we are highlighting the cruel and inhuman treatment of immigrants and their children in the U.S. and ways in which social workers can help. Let us not forget, however, that what is awaiting the immigrants and their children is what has already awaited millions of incarcerated people in […]

SWASC Priorities Moving Forward

So far, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care has ignored SWASC’s request in its petition asking NCCHC to demand mandates (rather than guidelines) in its Position Statement on Solitary Confinement. SWASC is working on next steps regarding this. Have ideas, or interested in working with SWASC around this issue? contactswasc@gmail.com. Educational resources on solitary […]


Federal News

On July 19, 2019, 3,000 federal prisoners were released as part of the First Step Act, which eases sentences for drug convictions, improves prison conditions and creates more job-skills training programs. However, this does not mean good news for non-citizens, who now face deportation. 750 non-citizens released from federal prisons will be held for transfer […]


Victor Pate and #HaltSolitary

A group of 12+ New York activists went on hunger strike through the end of New York State’s legislative session in order to advocate for the HALT Solitary Confinement Act. The #HaltSolitary hunger strike aimed to bring attention to the lack of urgency shown by New York legislature. The bill would the use of solitary […]


Groundbreaking Report on Louisiana Prisons Solitary Confinement Impact

LOUISIANA ON LOCKDOWN: A Report on the Use of Solitary Confinement in Louisiana State Prisons, With Testimony From the People Who Live It “This report is a joint project of Solitary Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, and the Jesuit Social Research Institute/ Loyola University New Orleans (loyola.edu/jsri/), with additional assistance from the […]

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Join a new SWASC Advisory Board or Committee!

1. Advisory Board SWASC’s new Advisory Board is looking for members! The members of this board will play a key role in decision-making and direction of SWASC’s efforts. It is proposed that this board will meet quarterly. Please note: Membership priority is reserved for individuals who have been formerly incarcerated. Interested in joining this committee? […]


The Solitary Confinement Resource Center

The Solitary Confinement Resource Center is a fully searchable database on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities. It makes accessible media, research, and advocacy tools, as well as firsthand accounts and court and policy documents. To access this resource, click here.

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State News

New York S596 New York Senate Bill S596 “Prohibits participation in torture and improper treatment of prisoners by health care professionals; prohibits a health care professional from engaging, assisting, planning the torture or improper treatment of a prisoner; requires health care professionals to report torture and improper treatment” (S596). This bill is currently in senate […]