Author Archives: Steve McFarland

Report Shows Even More Evidence Of The Misuse Of Solitary Confinement

WASHINGTON — A report released this week by the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in New York, provides yet more evidence of the misuse of solitary confinement. The researchers add to a growing body of evidence that … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Confined Kids, Control Unit, Mental Health, Private Prisons, Sensory Deprivation, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch, Surviving Solitary, Torture, Torture for $$$, Uncategorized

Free At Last! Herman Wallace Has Finally Been Released

After a long, dramatic day, we are humbled to report that the indomitable, irrepressible Herman Wallace has just been released after spending over 4 decades in solitary confinement. Even after Judge Jackson’s late evening ruling denying the State’s attempt at a stay and again ordering … Continue reading

Posted in Aging In Prison, Angola, Angola 3, Political Prisoners, SHU, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch | 3 Comments

Petition | California State Assembly: Pass SB 61 to Limit Solitary Confinement of Youth in California |

Dear Friends, We urge you to take a moment for California’s youth. One final hurdle remains for passage of Senate Bill 61, a bill to limit the harmful practice of placing young people in solitary confinement in California. Your support … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Activism, California, Confined Kids, Control Unit, Sensory Deprivation, SHU, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch, State Prisons, Surviving Solitary, Torture | 1 Comment

Texas: Police in Schools Criminalize 300,000 Students Each Year

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

ACLU Demands DHS End Solitary Confinement of Children | ACLU – Colorado

ACLU Demands Department of Human Services End Solitary Confinement of Children in Pueblo Residential Treatment Center Prolonged seclusion of children at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch violates Department’s child care regulations   DENVER – In a letter sent today, the … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, ACLU, Colorado, Confined Kids, Solitary Confinement | 2 Comments

International Body Slams U.S. Solitary Confinement Practices

Originally posted on Prisoner Activist:
April 9, 2013 | Ian Kysel | ACLU There are more than 80,000 people in solitary confinement in the United States. Last week, the widespread misuse and abuse of solitary confinement in jails and prisons…

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Colo. governor orders audit of sentence records as Investigators search for links in three killings

By Erica Goode and Dan Frosch  |  NEW YORK TIMES      APRIL 05, 2013  When Tom Clements, the head of Colorado’s prison system, was shot to death at his front door last month, the killing seemed a planned assassination … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Colorado, Control Unit, SHU, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch, Surviving Solitary, Torture | 1 Comment

Solitary confinement isn’t the solution for immigrant detainees –

Solitary confinement in immigration detention centers across the nation is often overused and arbitrarily applied. According to data obtained by the National Immigrant Justice Center, as many as 300 immigrants, or about 1% of all detainees in the 50 largest … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, California, Control Unit, Corrections Corporation of America, Private Prisons, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch | 1 Comment

Former juvenile prisoner fights against locking away teens in solitary confinement

Rock Center Teens held in adult jails and prisons are often kept in solitary confinement for their own protection. On Friday’s edition of Rock Center, Ted Koppel investigated the mental health risks of solitary confinement on teenagers. Ted Koppel sat … Continue reading

Posted in Confined Kids, Control Unit, Mental Health, Solitary Confinement, Surviving Solitary | Tagged | 6 Comments

End 41 years of cruel and inhuman solitary confinement for Albert Woodfox of the “Angola 3

Posted in Uncategorized

“Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Resumes: The Struggle to End Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California”

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Rally Monday to end solitary confinement in NYC Jails

Image | Posted on

By BitcoDavid PowerPoint presentation by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway of Solitary Watch. This is a truly massive work, and well worth taking a few minutes to watch in its entirety. Well written, informative and beautifully enhanced with photos and…

Posted in Control Unit, History, Sensory Deprivation, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch, Statistics, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Prison costs: One of Chicago’s priciest neighborhoods isn’t what you’d expect

Taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $5.3 billion in the past decade just to incarcerate Chicago citizens who have been convicted of felony offenses, a vast majority of which are non-violent crimes, a new analysis by NBC 5 Investigates and … Continue reading

Posted in Confined Kids, Private Prisons, Race, Solitary Confinement, State Prisons | Tagged

Sacramento hearing exposes CDCR’s hidden agenda on Solitary Confinement

By Denise Mewbourne San Francisco Bay View Almost two years later, the ripple effect of the 2011 hunger strike organized by the Short Corridor Collective in Pelican Bay prison continues to reverberate throughout California. In protest of solitary confinement torture in … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, California, Control Unit, Solitary Confinement, Surviving Solitary, Torture | 1 Comment
Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

California Assembly Reviews Solitary Confinement Policies As Prisoners Threaten New Hunger Strike

On Monday, February 25th, the California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, held a hearing on the state’s Security Housing Units (SHUs). The hearing comes 18 months after the committee held a similar hearingprompted by  a three-week … Continue reading

Posted in California, Control Unit, Sensory Deprivation, SHU, Solitary Confinement, Solitary Watch, State Prisons, Torture | 5 Comments
Posted in Uncategorized

Solitary Torture

The Washington Post By Sidney Rittenberg Sr   Feb. 22, 1968. As they walked me down the gray prison corridor toward my cell, I was startled to see the same medieval torture scene I had endured 19 years earlier. Eleven … Continue reading

Posted in History, Mental Health, Solitary Confinement, Torture | Tagged , , , , ,

State Bar Calls for Restrictions on Long-Term Use of Solitary Confinement

From ALBANY, NY (01/25/2013)(readMedia)– Citing strong evidence that demonstrates long-term negative impacts of housing inmates in solitary confinement, the New York State Bar Association today called for significant cutbacks in the use of long-term inmate isolation and new protocols for … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Solitary Confinement, State Prisons, Surviving Solitary | Tagged , , , , , ,