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Announcing the Solitary Confinement Resource Center, by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway

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A Comprehensive, Searchable Collection of Resources on Solitary Confinement in the United States

The Solitary Confinement Resource Center is a curated, fully searchable database of media, research, firsthand accounts, court and policy documents, and advocacy tools on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities.

Although some 80,000 people are held in isolation in the United States on any given day, solitary confinement units and supermax prisons long functioned as virtual black sites, hidden from the public, policymakers, and the press. Today, despite the best efforts of a system that resists transparency, the body of information on solitary confinement is growing, but it remained scattered and difficult to access.

Believing that information can be a powerful force for change, Solitary Watch joined with the Unlock the Box national campaign to create this central, comprehensive bank of resources for use by advocates, journalists, scholars, educators, attorneys, health care providers, corrections officials, solitary survivors and their loved ones, and other concerned citizens who seek to shine a light on one of the darkest corners of our criminal justice system.

We encourage Solitary Watch readers to explore the Solitary Confinement Resource Center, and use the form found on the site to suggest additional resources.

The Solitary Confinement Resource Center is made possible through a grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.


Prison activist and editor. Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014), " De grote stap achterwaarts, teksten over straf en gevangenis" (Antidote & PTTL, 2016). He is co-author of « Kim et Ken, mes enfants disparus » (Editions Luc Pire, 2006), « Condamnés à la prison? Ecrits sur un monde caché » (Revue Contradictions, 2008) et « L'affaire Luk Vervaet : écrits sur un interdit professionnel » (Revue Contradictions, 2011).

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