Support the UN Campaign for Ana Belen Montes!

Together we can free Ana Belen Montes!   Download the letter attached and send it to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights! Read her biography below andSUPPORT THE MOVEMENT TO FREE HER! Who is Ana Belen Montes? Ana Belen Montes was on February 28th, 1957 in Western Germany, where her military-officer father was based as an Army doctor. […]

Why is Jeremiah Tatum in Florida’s Solitary Confinement?

You’ve likely never heard of Jeremiah Tatum or “JT”. We met here in Florida State Prison’s (FSP) solitary confinement or Close Management (CM) unit. He is an outspoken opponent of the abuse by prison officials, a tendency which officials find intolerable. In fact, this tendency led to a series of abuses that landed JT in […]

“Don’t talk about this place.”

  Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how […]

Two Years After Historic Settlement Ending Indefinite Solitary Confinement in CA, CCR Details Ongoing Violations, Releases Report Showing Lasting Consequences of SHU Post-Release

New Filing Seeks One-Year Extension of Court Monitoring Based on Violations   NEW YORK and PALO ALTO – Two years after the historic settlement of Ashker v. Governor of California marked the end of indefinite solitary confinement in California, the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel filed a motion to extend the terms of the settlement by […]

‘We have people that are only getting out of cell twice a month’

by Lucas Guilkey In mid-October, 125 prisoners at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland – over 30 percent of the prisoners housed there – participated in a five-day hunger strike to protest what they say are abusive conditions of isolation and poor healthcare in Alameda County jails. “I am on hunger strike, as well […]

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. ‘Solitary’ Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

Bill Berkowitz – October 6, 2017 There are nearly 100,000 people being held in solitary confinement today in America’s prisons. They are locked up in cramped, often windowless cells for nearly 24 hours a day. They eat alone. They exercise alone in small fenced-in areas known as cages or dog runs. They are almost completely […]

Lawsuits Challenge the Cruelty of Decades in Solitary Confinement on Death Row

By Aleks Gilbert  In a dissenting opinion written earlier this year, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that “If extended solitary confinement alone raises serious constitutional questions, then 20 years of solitary confinement, all the while under threat of execution, must raise similar questions, and to a rare degree, and with particular intensity.” Yet in a majority […]

Herman Bell is back in General Population!

Thanks to a lot of work by a lot of us, Herman Bell has been transferred to general population in Shawangunk C.F. Herman was also informed that the charges against him are being dropped. You can write Herman at the new address (bottom of the message). Before Herman got the news he sent the following […]

100,000 U.S. Prisoners Are Trapped in Isolation Units. ‘Solitary’ Author and Forensic Psychiatrist Terry Kupers Explains Why

In his stark new book, “Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It,” veteran forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers explores the rise of supermax prisons, the normalization of long-term solitary confinement, and how isolation damages people’s psyches. He talks to Colorlines about  what race has to do with it and more. Bill Berkowitz  OCT 6, 2017  A meal […]

Watchdog Finds Attica’s Mental Health Treatment Unit Is Haven For Abuse And Neglect

Entrance of the Attica Correctional Facility (Photo by Jayu) A new report from Disability Rights New York, the federal watchdog for people with disabilities in the state, found rampant abuse and neglect within the mental health treatment unit at the Attica Correctional Facility. Under state law, people with diagnosed serious mental illness, who face punitive […]