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Solitary Confinement Testimonies

This collection prisoner testimonies allows the survivors of solitary confinement to share their stories with us through letters, pictures and calls or interviews.

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

One of AFSC's most requested resources, this information can help advocates and avtivists make a compelling case for why solitary confinement is cruel and inhumane. 

Solitary confinement: Cruel and inhuman

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.

 

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