Solitary confinement

Justice 360

"Justice 360 is a South Carolina non-profit organization working to reform policies and practices in capital proceedings." The organization focuses on direct representation of capital inmates at all levels, provide resources to other attorneys handling death penalty cases, advocate for criminal justice reform, and do public education work to educate the public about South Carolina's death penalty. 

Location

29201 Columbia , SC
South Carolina US

Mariposas Sin Fronteras

"Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention." They do bond fundraising, direct visitation, and statewide advocacy work.

Their leadership "consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained. We actively organize towards a society based on the principles of equality, justice, respect, and liberation for all."

Location

85745 Tucson , AZ
Arizona US

National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (NCIFIWG)

From the website: "The two primary purposes of the Council are:

1) To ensure that no policies, laws, practices, organizing and services are made about women and girls who are or were incarcerated without including our voices, experiences and ideas for creating more effective outcomes. Our mantra is “Nothing about us, without us!” Through support, awareness and advocacy, the Council is committed to collectively building new and just policy grounded in social justice, human rights and dignity.

Location

02130 Boston , MA
Massachusetts US

PA Network Against Torture, PANAT

 

The Pennsylvania Network Against Torture is a statewide group of faith leaders concerned about the ongoing use of solitary confinement in our state prisons. Solitary or isolated confinement refers to being in 22-24 hour lock down, in a cell alone or with another person, for months, years, even decades. The coalition came together after a state wide conference on torture held in Harrisburg in 2008 at which we addressed not only the use of US sponsored torture in places like Abu Ghraib but torture in our prisons in the form of long term solitary confinement.

Location

15206 Pittsburgh , PA
Pennsylvania US

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)

From the website:" Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a volunteer visitation program to federal and military prisoners throughout the United States. Our priority is to visit those prisoners who:

do not ordinarily receive visits from family and friends,

want or need visits,

are in solitary confinement,

on death row, or

are serving long sentences.

Our purpose is to provide prisoners with regular, face-to-face, contact from the world outside of prison to help them cope with prison life and prepare for a successful re-entry into society."

Location

19102 Philadelphia , PA
Pennsylvania US

Solitary Confinement: Common Misconceptions and Emerging Safe Alternatives

Published in 2015, this thoughtful report from the Vera Institute of Justice explodes myths about solitary confinement. As the introduction notes, it "shines a bright light on the use/abuse of solitary confinement and pushes us to recognize the critical connection between what happens to people inside penal institutions and the success of their return to the community." 

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