Solitary Confinement

Hunger Strikes Resume in California Prison

[Updated] On September 26, thousands of California prisoners inside and outside the state resumed their hunger strike to protest the conditions of solitary confinement.   The strike was suspended after three weeks in July to give officials time they said they needed to respond to prisoner demands. 

Pelican Bay Prisoners Hunger for Justice

AFSC Healing Justice Program is supporting a hunger strike, commencing July 1, called by prisoners at California's infamous Pelican Bay State Prison.  Their five demands: 

(1) End "group punishment" -- lock-downs, most typically -- of entire yards or of all prisoners of an ethnic category -- for violations of prison rules by one prisoner, or a few

(2) End State-imposed gang labels, from which a labeled prisoner can escape only by "debriefing," i.e., testifying against others in the alleged gang

Stopmax Arizona Campaign

The Stopmax Arizona Campaign is an integral part of the nation-wide Stopmax Campaign and its effort to end the use of long-term solitary confinement and torture in US prisons ans jails.  This video gives voice to the survivors of solitary confinement.  For more information or to get involved with the Stopmax Arizona Campaign, contact the Tucson, Arizona AFSC office at 520.623.9141 or afscaz@afsc.org.

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 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.

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.

 

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. 

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