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.
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 of Arizona: Arizona is Maxed Out! No New Supermax Prison Beds
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): Stop Abuse of Solitary Confinement
Amnesty International USA: Solitary Confinement: US Government Must End This Cruel and Inhumane Practice
Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility: Petitioning American Institute of Architects (AIA) to prohibit the design of spaces for killing, torture, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
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
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
New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NYCAIC): Petitioning Governor Andrew Cuomo and 3 others: End the torture of isolated confinement, and pass the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, A. 4401 / S. 2659.
New York City Jails Action Coalition (JAC) Says: End Solitary Confinement; No Supermax at Rikers
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition: Support Pelican Bay SHU Prisoners’ Five Core Demands (hunger strike)
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition: Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare
Roots Action: End prolonged solitary confinement
Sylvia Rivera Law Project: DOCCS, Make Housing Safer for Trans People in New York State Prisons!