The use and abuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is one of the most pressing domestic human rights issues in America today—and also one of the most invisible. Today, at least 25,000 individuals are being held in long-term solitary in the nation’s “supermax” facilities. According to available data, the total number of men, women, and children living in solitary confinement in all prisons exceeds 80,000.
Solitary Watch is a web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. Its mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States.
Jean Casella is a freelance writer, editor and manager of independent print and web-based publications. She is co-editor of Solitary Watch, and in 2012 was named a Soros Justice Media Fellow by the Open Society InstituteCo-Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Department, Criminal Justice Club, Sociology Department, Collaboration Project and LGS Student Leadership Council.
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