Solitary Watch

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Solitary Watch is project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement and other forms of torture in U.S. prisons out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. Our mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families—with the first centralized, comprehensive source of information on solitary confinement in the United States.

The site features original reporting on solitary confinement and related issues, an archive of information and resources, and the "Voices from Solitary" project--firsthand stories that give a human face to the site's facts and figures, and to a subset of individuals that is even more invisible than the prison population at large. It is overseen by veteran progressive journalist James Ridgeway and independent media editor Jean Casella, with contributions from people in prison, survivors of solitary, and freelance journalists, as well as our interns.

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Date Founded: 2009

Government ID number: 27-2614911 (Project of the Institute for Nonprofit News)

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Phone: 917-974-0529

PO Box 11374, Washington, DC, 20008, US

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