FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The United States puts more people in long-term solitary confinement than any other country. On any given day, as many as 100,000 incarcerated people are isolated—placed in a single cell and denied basic necessities, including a proper diet, health care, light, and human interaction.
On Wednesday, February 26, The Justice Collaborative Staff Attorney Keli Young will moderate a discussion on the topic of solitary confinement, the latest in our Blueprint Webinar Series. The panel will feature:
- Ken Oliver, a staff organizer with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children who survived more than eight years in solitary confinement;
- Florida Representative Anna V. Eskamani;
- Katie Rose Quandt, a journalist who writes about prisons and inequality; and
- Anne Butterfield Weills, a civil rights attorney in California.
The use of solitary confinement in our prisons and jails exacerbates trauma and harm in a place that should be focused on growth and rehabilitation. During the webinar, panelists will discuss the work being done to end this cruel practice and build a system that treats every human with compassion. Ending our reliance on solitary confinement will ensure safer communities and bring more justice to our criminal legal system.
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The Justice Collaborative is a team of legal experts, researchers, journalists, and media strategists supplying deep legal, policy, and communications expertise to people and organizations working to advance a common goal of ending the dehumanization that has criminalized extreme vulnerability and created an incarceration crisis, and building in its place an America with dignity and freedom for all of us, starting with those who are the most vulnerable.