Prisons

Buried Alive - California

A report on long-term isolation in California’s youth and adult prisons

Stop abuse of solitary confinement

Please send this email to your governor and state legislators encouraging them to watch our video and support AFSC’s proposals to address the use solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.

Solitary confinement facts

What is solitary confinement?

Solitary confinement of prisoners exists under a range of names: isolation, control units, supermax prisons, the hole, SHUs, administrative segregation, maximum security, or permanent lockdown.
 
Prisoners can be placed in these units for many reasons: as punishment while they are under investigation; as a mechanism for behavior modification, when suspected of gang involvement; as retribution for political activism; or to fill expensive, empty beds, to name but a few.
 

Stop torture in U.S. prisons

On any given day, as many as 80,000 men and women are locked in solitary in U.S. prisons—alone for 23 hours a day. This video captures the visceral experience and long term impact of that isolation.

Stopmax

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.

ADJC Buried Alive Response

Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections response to the May 2007 article, Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement in Arizona’s Prisons and Jails on the American Friends Service Committee website.

 

Immigration Policy Center Issues Statement on Pew Report

On Feb. 18, 2009, the Pew Hispanic Center issued a report on the ethnic composition of people caught up in the federal prison system. The Immigration Policy Center's Director, Angela Kelley, issued the following statement:
 

Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement in Arizona’s Prisons and Jails

A 2007 report by AFSC-Arizona staff Matthew Lowen and Caroline Isaacs on the use of long term solitary confinement in various correctional facilities in Arizona. 

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

Where we work

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

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