This should be repeated and repeated until it is heard and changed by the legislature! Torture has no place in Nevada.
This comes from the Las Vegas Sun, there are whole prison sections locked down in two prisons in Nevada: Ely State Prison and High Desert State Prison have only a few units of “general population”, no wonder that “prison officials say the definition of solitary confinement would hamper regular prison operations”: solitary confinement in Nevada IS regular prison operation!! PLEASE SUPPORT THIS LAW!
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement amid concerns it has lasting, adverse effects on inmates.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard arguments on SB107 Wednesday.
The proposal would ban the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure for children or adults in jail or prison. It would be allowed only if all other options failed and the inmate is deemed a danger to themselves or others.
If solitary confinement is used, the bill says it must only be for the minimum time necessary. The bill defines solitary confinement as isolation in a cell for more than 16 hours per day.
Prison officials say the definition of solitary confinement would hamper regular prison operations.
From: SolitaryWatch, July 31st, 2012
by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway
The American Friends Service Committee has put out a new edition of the vital publication Survivors Manual: Surviving in Solitary — A Manual Written By and For People Living in Control Units. The volume is a collection of letters, stories, poetry, and practical advice on surviving solitary confinement in prisons. AFSC released the following announcement last week:
Solitary confinement, characterized by 23-hour a day lockout with minimal exercise and lack of human contact, affects an estimated 100,000 prisoners in federal and state prisons in almost every state. Thus the need for “Survivors Manual,” which was first issued in 1998, is even more vital.
In this powerful collection of voices from solitary, people currently or formerly held in isolation vividly describe their conditions and their daily lives. They also write about how they struggle to keep mind, body, and soul together in an environment that is designed to break them down. Many also analyze the political, economic, and social forces that shape their torturous situation. The collection also includes some stunning artwork and poetry.
A PDF of the manual is available online at the following link:
Copies can also be purchased for $3 each at the following site:
[thanks to FFIP for alerting us!]
April 4, 2010
by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway
In 2001, the Prison Watch Project of the American Friends Service Committee published Torture in U.S. Prisons: Evidence of U.S. Human Rights Violations, a unique collection of first-hand testimonies from prisoners. (A pdf copyof is available here.) Now, Prison Project coordinator Bonnie Kerness has put out a call for submissions for a new edition.
AFSC, through its STOPMAX Campaign, has resolutely identified prolonged solitary confinement as a form of torture and a violation of human rights, so material from current or former prisoners who have experienced solitary will be most welcome. The announcement is reproduced in full below–please help spread the word.
The American Friends Service Committee Prison Watch Project is planning to update the Fall 2001 “Torture in US Prisons – Evidence of US Human Rights Violations.” We are seeking testimonies from men, women and children relating to the use of extended isolation and devices of torture (use of force, chemical and physical restraints, other living conditions, forced double celling in isolation, etc.). We will also be accepting drawings and photos.
Our deadline is June 15th. We will only be able to acknowledge by form letter. Unless otherwise authorized the publication will use first name, last initial and facility only. Please send to
89 Market St.,
Newark, NJ 07102
Please make this message available to people concerned with the prison system and send it to friends and loved ones in prison. Without your input, this publication would not be possible. Our gratitude.
AFSC Prison Watch Project