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Testimony In SUPPORT of House Bill 1001 – Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Limitations Thank you for the opportunity to comment on House Bill 1001 – Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing -Limitations.

On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers,  Maryland Chapter, we urge your support for this bill, which prevents the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services from placing an inmate in restrictive housing for more…
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This video shows why solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment

  "Imagine being so desperate for outside contact that you interpret a sound in the wind as a whisper or take to caring for a spider by feeding it other bugs. In a short documentary by filmmaker Cali Bondad and reporter Gabrielle…
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Task Force member Bonnie Kerness speaks about proposed bill to control time spent in Solitary (Nov 2012)

Thanks to Bonnie Kerness for her advocacy! "Longtime anti-solitary activist Bonnie Kerness spoke to a New Jersey radio station about a proposed bill, that if passed would limit the use of isolation in the state’s prisons to 15 consecutive…
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Lockdown on Rikers Shortlisted for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize

Lockdown on Rikers Shortlisted for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize "Mary E Buser's book "Lockdown on Rikers" (St. Martin's Press 9/29/2015), was recently shortlisted in the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize "Mary Buser's book,…
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Moya Atkinson’s testimony at the NASW annual board meeting

Moya Atkinson's testimony at the NASW annual board meeting Testimony to the NASW Board and Membership at its Annual Meeting, June 21, 2016 My name is Moya Atkinson. I'm a member of NASW, a former executive director of the NASW Maryland…
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Alternatives to Solitary Confinement and the ASCA-Liman Report

When members of SWASC advocate against solitary confinement of prisoners, they are often met with expressions of concern about releasing "the worst of the worst", and ask about what humane alternatives are available. The Association of…

Albert Woodfox speaks after 43 years in solitary confinement: ‘I would not let them drive me insane’

“It’s an evil. Solitary confinement is the most torturous experience a human being can be put through in prison. It’s punishment without ending..." “We have got to stop this, and having been a victim of it for so long myself, that’s…
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Want to develop a college-corrections partnership? New fact sheet provides tips

Want to develop a college-corrections partnership? New fact sheet provides tips Vera Institute's new  fact sheet shares lessons learned from the development and implementation of their Unlocking Potential: Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary…
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Report to the NASW

REPORT FOR BOARD ACTION ITEM Subject/Title: Proposed Actions Regarding Solitary Confinement Date: January 8, 2016 Prepared by: Moya Atkinson, Convener and Member of the Social Workers against Solitary Confinement Task Force (SWASC TF)* Action(s)…

United Nations Solitary revisions and the Mandela Rules

The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRs) are being given several long-awaited revisions this year. Among them is a provision that solitary confinement “shall be used only in exceptional cases as a last…