The UN calls more than 15 days in solitary torture. We should too.
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Explore the following resources to learn more about solitary confinement:
The Guardian, "Solitary Confinement's Invisible Scars" by Five Mualimmak | Read the article
The New Yorker, "Hellhole" | Read the article
Mother Jones, "No Way Out" | Read the article
The Nation, "New York's Black Sites" | Read the article
The Atlantic, “An American Gulag: Descending into Madness at Supermax” | Read the article
Reason.com, "'For Their Own Protection': Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement" | Read the article
Acts of Witness, "The Gray Box" | Read the article
ACLU/Human Rights Watch, Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prison Across the United States | Read the report
New York Civil Liberties Union, Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons| Read the report
Amnesty International, The Edge of Endurance: Prison Conditions in California’s Security Housing Units. September: |Read the report
American Friends Service Committee, Lifetime Lockdown: How Isolation Conditions Impact Prisoner Reentry. | Read the report
New York City Bar Association, Committee on International Human Rights (2011). Supermax Confinement in U.S. Prisons | Read the report
Sharon Shalev, Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement | Read the report
Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons, Confronting Confinement | Read the report