Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) released a report on the use of solitary confinement in the New York correctional system. Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons, is the product of an intensive, year-long investigation that involved communication with more than 100 people who have spent significant amounts of time – in one case, more than 20 years – in extreme isolation.
The findings don't reveal anything we don't already know. Based on a year of study and analysis, the NYCLU found that:
- New York’s use of extreme isolation is arbitrary and unjustified.
- Extreme isolation harms prisoners and corrections staff.
- Extreme isolation negatively impacts prison and community safety.
The ACLU of Maine will present our 2012 Roger Baldwin Award to a journalist that helped set the table for solitary reform in Maine. Lance Tapley wrote numerous harrowing articles exposing solitary confinement for what it is: torture.
The Roger Baldwin Award will be presented at our Annual Meeting & Celebration in Orono on October 25th.