WE MUST END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND WE WILL

By Shreya Mandal, Expert Witness for New York State Courts I was introduced to working with people in solitary confinement as the first mitigation specialist/ social worker at the Criminal Appeals Bureau of The Legal Aid Society of New York…

Council on Social Work Education Plans to Introduce Solitary Confinement as a Human Rights Violation

  Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, President and CEO of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has indicated support to disseminate instructional materials that SWASC is developing to assist faculty to teach about solitary confinement. …

Jihad Abdulmumit: “Cognitive Dissonance”

By Jihad Abdulmumit Cognitive Dissonance Since being held in both Attica and Southport Special Housing Units (SHU) for the past several months (12/5/16 to 3/21/17), each week, once a day, a psychologist stops at each cell asking its…

Marguerita Johnson-Tolson’s Speech at the Family Alliance March, February, 2018

I’m Marguerita Johnson-Tolson, I’m a 63 year old graduate student at Fordham University pursuing my Master’s Degree in social work, not to make money, but to help my people in the struggle. I’m here to speak about incarceration and…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…