Pelican Bay & SHUs

Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States” published by Human Rights Watch with the American Civil Liberties Union, October 10, 2012.

The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons” published by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which was published alongside a slew of graphics, prisoner letters and other media, October 2, 2012.

The Edge of Endurance: Prison Conditions in California’s Security Housing Units” published by Amnesty International, September 27, 2012.

Lifetime Lockdown: How Isolation Conditions Impact Prisoner Reentry“, published by the American Friends Service Committee, August 8, 2012.

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prison” by Jeffrey Kaye, PhD (Psychologist in San Francisco), published July 2011.

A Cage within a Cage: A Report on Indeterminate Security Housing Unit (SHU) Confinement & Conditions” by Lauren Liu with Robin Rederford, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, published July 2011.

Pelican Bay History

 A Brief History of Pelican Bay by Keramet Reiter, a Ph.D. candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley School of Law

Solitary Confinement

What Is Solitary Confinement? Provided by American Friends Service Committee

BEYOND SUPERMAX ADMINISTRATIVE SEGREGATION: Mississippi’s Experience Rethinking Prison Classification and Creating Alternative Mental Health Programs by Terry Kupers, et al.

Spring 2012 Issue of Dart Society Reports.  The mission of the Dart Society is to connect and support journalists worldwide who advance the compassionate and ethical coverage of trauma, conflict and social injustice. The Spring 2012 Issue focusing on investigating solitary confinement in particular, and incarceration/corrections in general.

Torture & Imprisonment

Confronting Torture in US Prisons, an interview with activists/journalists and co-founders of the new Solitary Watch website, James Ridgeway and Jean Casella. Here they talk about some of the history and purpose of solitary confinement & Pelican Bay, as well as some media strategies for organizing against torture and imprisonment.

Exporting Prisons and Torture Tactics Internationally

Read A Visit Inside Colombia’s Most Notorious Prison, La Tramacúa by James Jordan from Alliance for Global Justice for a break down of why 54 prisoners have also begun a strike this June  at La Tramacúa penitentiary in Valledupar, Colombia. Eight prisoners have sewn their own mouths shut-extreme measures due to extremely bad conditions. La Tramacúa was built with US funds and is part of an effort to transform the prisons on a US model.