Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment made up of long periods of isolation, with little or no human contact, often including lights on, or off, for 24 hours per day, deliberately loud sounds, extreme hot or cold, menacing dogs and other egregious violations of human rights.
We find the use of solitary confinement to be:
- Pervasive – far overused and racially disparate
- Illegal – a form of torture recognized and prohibited under international law
- Harmful – to the mental health of those with and without pre-existing mental conditions
AFSC is concerned about the use of solitary confinement in the U.S and wants to see it abolished. Below are resources that explain the problems with solitary confinement and highlight our work.
Also from AFSC staff
Beyond Prisons A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System, by Lauara Magnani and Harom Wray, 2006
When the Prisoners Ran Walpole: A True Story in the Movement for Prison Abolition by Jamie Bissonette with Robert Dellelo, et al, 2008
Concrete, Steel & Paint
by Tony Heriza and Cindy Burstein
Stop Torture in U.S. Prisons!
by Claire Schoen with Tony Heriza