Petitions: Solitary Confinement

Invisible but Not Forgotten

The U.S. holds 80,000 prisoners in solitary confinement on any given day, more than any other country in the world. Although many people are placed in solitary for non-violent, minor rule infractions, prisoners can remain in isolation for months, years and even decades.

Petitions Fighting Solitary Confinement |

Also referred to as Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg), Security Housing Units (SHUs), Communication Management Units (CMUs) and multiple other euphemisms, people subjected to the practice are typically held on 23-hour a day lockdown, confined to small, often windowless, cells with little to ventilation.

Please check out the following petitions fighting the use of solitary confinement and share with your networks!

ACLU: Stop the Abuse of Solitary!

ACLU Action: Allow UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Access to Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

ACLU Action: A Mother’s Plea: Stop Solitary Confinement of Children

ACLU Action: Stop Solitary Confinement of Youth

ACLU of Arizona: Arizona is Maxed Out! No New Supermax Prison Beds

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): Stop Abuse of Solitary Confinement

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB): Demand the State of California Stop the Torture

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Honor the Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners’ Demands Ban Solitary Confinement in United States Prisons

Children’s Law Center, Inc.: Petitioning Ohio Governor to Stop Placing Ohio’s Youth in Solitary Confinement

Friends Committee on Legislation of California: Stop the Abuse of Solitary Confinement

National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT): End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now

National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT): Take Action to End Solitary Confinement of Youth in California

National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT): People of Faith Support Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2014

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition: Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare

Roots Action: End Prolonged Solitary Confinement



3 thoughts on “Petitions: Solitary Confinement

  1. This has got to stop my son has beenin ssolitary confinement for over 12 yrs. now and he is in very poor health due to trying yo kill himself and has a lot of mental health problems .please stop this he is in N.C. prison.

    • I can tell you first hand that the Federal Bureau of Prisons LOVES to use solitary confinement as a means of punishment and/or control for even the most mundane offenses. They have no idea how harmful time spent in isolation can be for inmates. It’s time to stop this senseless, abusive show of empowerment.

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