Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Solitary Confinement posts.
October 23, 2013 – The Special Rapporteur joined activists from the ACLU, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and the director of the film Herman’s House, for a discussion of solitary confinement in the United States. The film featured the story of Herman Wallace, a former Black Panther who spent 40 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola Prison. A webcast of the panel discussion will be available here shortly.
October 19, 2013 – During his trip to California, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez discussed his recent efforts to gain access to and investigate conditions in California prisons with the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times. The Special Rapporteur expressed concern about the increasing use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, arguing that authorities should provide greater justification for placing inmates in solitary confinement. California currently holds approximately 10,000 prisoners in isolation units, some of whom can be held in solitary confinement for indefinite periods of time. In May of this year, the Special Rapporteur asked the government for permission to visit the state’s prisons and has yet to receive a response form either the U.S. State Department or the Governor of California. Read the full article here.
September 2013 – U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez reiterates his position that the solitary confinement of juveniles should be prohibited under all circumstances in Todd Krainin’s new film, “For Their Own Protection”: Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement. According to the Special Rapporteur, literature shows that the effects of solitary confinement impact a juvenile’s brain and mind in a very different manner than an adult’s and that such confinement can impede a juvenile’s ability to function successfully in the future.