6×9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement – 360 video

Take the 360 degree video experience of solitary confinement in US prisons, which places viewers in a virtual segregation cell they can explore and interact with. It highlights the psychological effects of long-term solitary confinement for people who have experienced it first-hand around the world. 6×9: the full virtual reality experience of solitary confinement ► […]

Today, few know how bad it waz for Black and Brown people back in George and Yogi’z day

by Pablo Piña I was sitting in my cell in administrative segregation when the news station here in Corcoran announced that Hugo Pinell had been killed at Folsom Prison and that a riot had followed the attack on him. Both were not surprising to me; there were many prisoners who did not like Hugo for […]

A Defined Voice

A Poem by Herman Wallace “They removed my whisper from general population To maximum security I gained a voice They removed my voice from maximum security To administrative segregation My voice gave hope They removed my voice from administrative segregation To solitary confinement My voice became vibration for unity They removed my voice from solitary […]

Man up or perish: White Amerika iz showing itz true face once again

by Braja Smith As of July 11, 2014, Georgia State Prison (GSP) has placed all inmates who were previously being illegally held on 24-hour administrative segregation for indefinite periods at a time with a cellmate on the new Tier II program. The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Tier II state that this new program […]

Prison assisted suicide – the Texas way

by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson During the 1980s-‘90s, Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s name achieved nationwide notoriety. He advocated and participated in the medically-assisted suicides of terminally ill people. His motives he said were compassionate. The controversy surrounding Kevorkian led to changes in legislation and he was criminally convicted several times, culminating in a 1998 murder conviction and […]

Suspicious death at San Francisco County Jail: They call it suicide – would you?

by Jeremy Miller “I’m not doing so well. I’m hearing the voices more.” … “Whatever you do, if the voices tell you to hurt yourself, don’t listen.” “I know … I love you, my friend. … Thank you for everything. … They’re going to send me to San Quentin soon. … I’ll write you from […]

Missouri prisonerz in solitary confinement follow California’z lead, begin hunger strike

by Shyheim El-Mumin I am a prisoner being held captive here in the state of Missouri at the Potosi Correctional Center’s Ad-Seg (Administrative Segregation, a form of solitary confinement) unit. Since my arrival here on Aug. 9, 2012, I’ve been a target for harassment. This is my fourth time here. An aerial view of Potosi Correctional […]

Testimony of Everett D. Allen, M.D., former chief physician and surgeon at Pelican Bay State Prison, to US Senate Judiciary hearing

  To the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Dear Sen. Dick Durbin, Ranking Member Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senators: I worked at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), from 1999 to September of 2006 as a “physician and surgeon,” including from July 2000 […]

Alone Inside: Solitary confinement a growing issue in Canadian, U.S. prisons

Solitary Cell at Alcatraz. Photo credit: Richard Cassan via photopin cc Listen   People who have experienced ‘administrative segregation’ weigh in on its long-term effects When the concept of solitary confinement was first implemented in the early 19th century, the idea was not to punish the prisoner, but to give him space to reflect and […]

New Directive May Curtail Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigrant Detention

By Jean Casella and James Ridgeway http://solitarywatch.com/2013/09/09/new-directive-may-curtail-use-solitary-confinement-immigrant-detention/#more-10984 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week issued a new “directive” that appears aimed at limiting the use of solitary confinement on individuals held in immigrant detention. The directive is being cautiously celebrated by human rights, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights groups, who at the same time warn that […]