What You Should Know About Solitary Confinement

For anyone who would like some fast facts and definitions regarding solitary confinement and related terminology, the American Friends Service Committee has published a quick Q&A guide here.
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ICE Detention and Solitary Confinement Advocacy

The NASW is asking members to write to lawmakers to support: Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act (S. 2113/H.R. 3918).   How Do I Take Action? You can write a letter by hand, call, or advocate in person to your local lawmakers. Or,…
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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…

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…

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…

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,…
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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:…

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…
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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…

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."