42 Yearz of Solitary 42 Yearz of Innocence

A billboard campaign to mark the 42-year commemoration launched in New Orleans today. As we mark the 42nd year since the tragic and as yet, unsolved murder of Angola correctional officer Brent Miller, and the 42nd year since Albert Woodfox was first put in solitary for a crime he didn’t commit, we are confident that […]

Public Safety Committee to hear Ammiano’z solitary confinement bill

  by Carlos Alcalá The overflow room for the Feb. 11 hearing was filled to overflowing with people from all over California. The families, friends and supporters of California’s extraordinary number of prisoners – all of whom are under threat of solitary confinement if not already there – are a substantial portion of the constituents […]

MAROON UPDATE: Rising like a Phoenix from tha Ashez

  Greetings Maroon Supporters, Thank you again for your steadfast support to the international movement to free Russell Maroon Shoatz.  His transfer from 22 years of solitary confinement into general population was the result of a coordinated strategy by Scientific Soul Sessions (SSS) and the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz on artistic/cultural, political, and […]

Razor Wire, Prison Cellz, and Black Panther Robert H. King’z Life of Resistance

A new 40-minute documentary film by Canadian History Professor Ron Harpelle, entitled Hard Time, focuses on the life of Robert Hillary King, who spent 29 years in continuous solitary confinement until his conviction was overturned and he was released from Louisiana‘s infamous Angola State Prison in 2001. Hard Time was recently shown in Canada at […]

Retaliation and Civil Rightz Violations Pile Up at the NWDC in Tacoma

  Remaining original hunger striker breaks fast and placed in retaliatory solitary confinement. Former isolated hunger striker “convicted” in a Kafkaesque hearing;  the twenty men placed in solitary confinement for hunger strike grows. Despite retaliation, peaceful protest continues.   Tacoma, WA – Jesus Gaspar Navarro ended his 25-day hunger strike Tuesday morning with a full […]

Security Threat Group policy iz sugarcoated racial profiling aimed at torture

  by Johnny Aguilar “Por Vida” by Raymond Velasquez, C-58209, PBSP SHU D7-204, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532 The experimental Security Threat Group (STG) gang identification policy is not what CDC is making it out to be. It’s a sugarcoated form of racial discrimination and racial profiling to cover their ass in torturing […]

Lynch Law: The Root of US imperialism

    by Danny Haiphong Domestic U.S. lynch has morphed into imperialist terrorism. “Washington uses a nexus of intelligence and military institutions to lynch the world’s people of their lives and resources.”   Lynch Law: The Root of US imperialism by Danny Haiphong “The prospect of being lynched by Obama’s ‘kill list’ or detained under […]

An end to ‘the hole’? 6 signz that solitary confinement reform is coming

  Much of the momentum in the movement to reform the use of solitary confinement in the United States comes from the work of prisoners themselves by Nur Lalji On March 18, author and activist Sarah Shourd spoke to Democracy Now! about the time she spent in an Iranian prison after crossing the border from […]

Not just me, we!

by Paul Sangu Jones The new Security Threat Group/Step Down Program is not designed to allow prisoners to become free. Mandatory journals, coercive debriefing – it’s nothing more than hyperbole! Another CDCr administration scheme. Using solitary isolation to turn our dreams into a nightmarish scream! The murder of the spirit lives in solitary confinement, in […]

Voices from Solitary: A Day in the Life, Part IV

By Lisa Dawson This post is the next in a series of pieces Solitary Watch is publishing as part of a new project calling for people held in solitary confinement to write on various proposed themes (read the first, second and third entries here, here and here). Our first suggested theme, ”A Day in the Life,” calls for writers to […]