Solitary Watch

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Solitary Watch is a web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement into the light of the public square. Its mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States.[1]


In December 2009, Solitary Watch launched its website. Overseen by journalist James Ridgeway and writer/editor Jean Casella, the website features original reporting, an archive of resources and information, and the "Voices from Solitary" Project which collects firsthand stories from men and women who have served time in solitary confinement. Within its first nine months, the website attracted over 100,000 visitors.[1] Articles posted on the website have been picked up by many major news outlets, including CounterPunch,[2] and Al Jazeera.[3] David Bruck is involved with the project.[citation needed]

Voices from Solitary[edit]

As of 2015, Solitary Watch has collected over 100 memoirs, essays, stories, poems, and blogs written by current and former men and women held in solitary confinement.[4]


"Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement Hardcover" Edited by: Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, Sarah Shourd The New Press, February 2, 2016][5]


  1. ^ a b "About Solitary Watch". Solitary Watch. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Selective Outrage". CounterPunch. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Cruel and Unusual: US Solitary Confinement". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Voices from Solitary". Solitary Watch. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  5. ^ Casella, Jean; Ridgeway, James; Shourd, Sarah, eds. (2016-02-02). Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. The New Press. ISBN 9781620971376. 

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