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Buried alive prisoner artwork

Buried alive prisoner artwork

The STOPMAX Campaign, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), works to eliminate the use of isolation and segregation in U.S. prisons.

Our strategies include research, grassroots organizing, public education and policy advocacy to abolish solitary confinement or reduce its use.

To lay the groundwork for the campaign, we researched the use of isolation in a cross-section of correctional facilities:  state Departments of Corrections, Departments of Juvenile Corrections, and immigration detention centers.

In several states, we surveyed the number of people in isolation, the conditions they are living in, how they came to be placed there, and whether and how it is possible to exit those units. The results of this research have been published two regional reports outlining our findings in Arizona and California.

Following our founding conference in 2008, we have continued working with partner organizations to raise awareness about solitary confinement and to collaborate in efforts to eradicate it.

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Resources for download

  • Lifetime lockdown: How isolation conditions impact prisoner reentry
  • Buried alive: Long-term isolation in California youth and adult prisons
  • Race and the politics of isolation in U.S. Prisons
  • Arizona prison report

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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