Hear the words of men and women locked in solitary confinement. Meet and talk with survivors of solitary confinement. Learn what is needed to put an end to the overuse of solitary confinement in our jails and prison.
Wisconsin holds hundreds of men and women in solitary confinement for weeks and often for months.
In 2011 the United Nations report indicated “It is clear that short-term solitary confinement can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment…prolonged solitary confinement, in excess of 15 days should be subject to an absolute prohibition.” In 2016, the UN updated the report and indicated: …that 7 of the 35 jurisdictions analyzed allow for solitary confinement to be used only for disciplinary purposes. It further found that solitary confinement is often imposed in response to remarkably minor offenses. …especially when considering duration of solitary confinement when used as a disciplinary mechanism, the U.S. imposes among the most punitive regimes of solitary confinement in the world.