Entries by Emily Lane


Willow Katz

“The segment discusses progress in the movement to end solitary confinement, since the 2011 California hunger strikes. Katz spoke about people being isolated based on “confidential information” about gang associations, obtained through the unreliable process of “debriefing” other incarcerated people. Individuals ended up isolated for having “ethnic” or political artwork, books, or tattoos, and Latinos were over-represented in solitary in California. While about 1,500 people were released from solitary under the Ashker v. Governor of California settlement, Katz says that many people continue to be held in solitary across the state and confidential information is still used as a reason to isolate people.”


“How SWASC Saved My Life,” Pt. 1

By SWASC Member Saint Solomon Solitary Confinement In the broadest of strokes, solitary confinement is synonymous to being buried alive. Imagine a hundred separate prisoners, trapped in a hundred different cages; but all locked inside the same mausoleum. One body at a time. Firstly, the sentencing arbitrator eulogizes the burial. Next the pall bearers or, […]

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New Relationships/Alliances

Psychologists for Social Responsibility Psychologists for Social Responsibility’s former President Mary Pelton-Cooper (pictured left) announced their partnership with SWASC at its annual meeting in Chicago in August 2019. Current President-elect, Daniela Kantorová, is continuing this partnership. Healing Justice at The Wright Institute Psychologists for Social Responsibility have organized Healing Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration, a multidisciplinary […]



Social Work Education Materials Information and Learning Sessions SWASC members Victor, Sandy, and Mary helped organize and facilitate an information and learning session about Solitary Confinement at College at Brockport. The event was planned in part by a BSW student intern at SWAA. The event was attended by 130 people.



SWASC has applied for a grant with the Circle for Justice Innovations, for the first time. We are waiting to hear back about our application.  The Psychologists for Social Responsibility‘s Peace and Social Justice Award of $1,000 to Moya Atkinson in August will be donated to the SWASC Fund.

Witness to human torture: on both sides of the prison walls social workers confront solitary confinement – Valerie Kiebala, Solitary Watch: November 3, 2017 (a response)

Read the Article Here. The author describes social workers and other health professionals who protested the use of solitary confinement – cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners, even torture. Several resigned, rather than violate their codes of ethics. A noted ethicist and the NASW Manager for Social Justice and Human Rights present NASW’s position […]