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Solitary Confinement in the News 

Read about the state of Solitary Confinement in PA

DOJ Using ADA to get Psychotic Prisoners out of Solitary

Jun 03, 2013

Prolonged use of solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness and intellectual disabilities is unconstitutional and violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says.


Is a Life in Solitary "Cruel and Unusual?"

Sep 22, 2016

In Pennsylvania, the heart of solitary confinement reform, an intellectually disabled inmate says he’s been held in wretched isolation for 36 years.


Pennsylvania Outlaws Solitary Confinement for Death Row Inmates

Nov 19, 2019

The ACLU reached a settlement in its class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that allows death row inmates to be held in the same manner as general population inmates, the ACLU announced Monday.


Protesters rally against solitary confinement as inmates reportedly go on hunger strike

Aug 02, 2019

Protesters gather outside the State Department of Corrections' headquarters in a show of support for inmates on a hunger strike.


Should prisons use solitary confinement? Advocates condemn it; officials say there is a need

Sep 10, 2019

Chris Kimmenez spent six months in solitary confinement in prison. It’s been 20 years since then and he still has nightmares. Today, he’s a pastor a Lombard Central Presbyterian in West Philadelphia. Julia Hatmaker |


Were the 2015 reforms on solitary confinement in PA enough to protect vulnerable inmates?

Nov 07, 2018

Solitary confinement can affect brain activity within hours. People who experience the isolation can deteriorate and, especially for those with mental illness, the effects can be profound and even irreversible. Panic attacks, PTSD and depression are possible for years after a stint in solitary, where inmates are alone and confined to a cell for 22 to 24 hours a day.

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