Solitary Confinement: News and Publications

$5M Settlement for Family of California Jail Detainee Dead Following 46-Hour Chair Restraint

Andrew Holland died at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on January 22nd, 2017. Incarcerated since 2015 for public disturbance and resisting arrest, a judge ultimately ordered psychiatric treatment for his schizophrenia, though his transfer to a psychiatric facility was not effected even though space was reportedly available at the county facility. Instead, prior to his death, Holland was placed in an isolation cell for ten days and then chair restraint for forty-six hours.

$750K Settlement in Tennessee Solitary Confinement Lawsuit

In 2012, Michael Faziani moved to the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for therapeutic use of the local hot springs to remedy his chronic back pain. After failing to report a minor motor accident he was involved in at a local McDonald's drive-thru, Faziani was arrested and booked at the Sierra County Detention Center. After informing jail guards he had bipolar disorder, he was placed in solitary confinement for approximately 18 days.

California Settlement Ends Indeterminate Solitary Confinement Statewide

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, a settlement was reached in the federal class action Ashker v. Governor of California brought on behalf of prisoners held in long term solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay prison. Prior to the settlement, state prisoners could be subjected to an indeterminate term of solitary confinement based solely on their identification as gang affiliates.

Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences

Alex Friedman, Paul Wright
Human Rights Defense Center, reprinted with permission.
This June 2012 report by the Human Rights Defense Center discusses the history of solitary confinement, the current state of the issue and the future of solitary confinement. It also specifies the conditions of such confinement, mental health issues, release, public safety, and which prisoners 'qualify' for solitary confinement. Human Rights Defense Center