Skip to content Skip to navigation

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.


AFSC holds Tucson Public Hearing on Prison Privatization 10.27.10

AFSC sponsored a Public Hearing on prison privatization in Arizona. This is a record of some of the testimonies and presentations given at the event. 150 people were in attendance.

Become a Partner for Peace!

Start a monthly gift to become one of 150 new Partners for Peace by January 31. Your gifts will provide critical support for pandemic relief and transformative change in 2021.

Give Now →