solitary confinement


The HIV-Positive Inmate Who Spent a Year in Solitary for Having Consensual Sex

John Dorn's case stands to change wider prison policy around HIV criminalization.
Sony Salzman
solitary confinement

How Solitary Confinement Haunts Me, Five Years After My Release

After getting busted for heroin, I spent a brief amount of time in solitary confinement. It changed my life forever.
Keri Blakinger
Criminal Justice

Will America Stop Putting Kids in Solitary Confinement?

Long-term isolation is rapidly losing ground as an accepted practice in the world of juvenile corrections. But for youth advocates, ending solitary will take more work.
Eli Hager
mental health

The Prison System Is Designed to Ignore Mental Illness

Negligence, delays in diagnosis, and flat-out abuse are rampant.
Maggie Puniewska

Solitary Confinement Is Even Worse for Disabled People

An always-brutal experience can be even worse for people with disabilities.
Rebecca McCray

Why It's Illegal for Prisoners to Masturbate

Some inmates are getting thrown in solitary for seeking a little stress relief.
Kristen Dold
mental health

Is This The End of Solitary Confinement?

A look at the future of this damaging practice.
Adam Lewis
The Solitary Confinement Project

Is This the End of Solitary Confinement?

A look at the future of this damaging practice.
Adam Lewis

Why I'm Voluntarily Going into Solitary Confinement

Starting today, I plan to voluntarily spend 30 days in solitary confinement in the La Paz County Jail in Parker, Arizona. It won't be my first time in the hole, though.
James Burns

The Life of the Skin-Hungry: Can You Go Crazy from a Lack Of Touch?

As we live in an increasingly technology-focussed, socially disconnected world, we're touching each other much less than before. But what does an absence of touch do to a person?
Sirin Kale
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Before Her Death, Kalief Browder’s Mother Spoke Out About His Mistreatment at Rikers

Venida Browder died of complications from a heart attack Friday, just 16 months after her son hanged himself in the wake of three horrific years on Rikers Island.
VICE Staff

Mom of Young Man Jailed for Three Years Without Charges ‘Died of a Broken Heart'

Kalief Browder was jailed at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and spent three years at Rikers without ever being charged. He later committed suicide. His mother, who fought for the rights of incarcerated teens like her son, died on Friday.
Kimberly Lawson