Solitary Confinement

More than 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement on any given day in the United States. More than 2,000 of them are in Pennsylvania’s state prisons, and thousands more cycle in and out of these units each year.

Solitary is a weapon of terror and control aimed at incarcerated people. In 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, issued a report concluding that more than 15 days in solitary confinement should be considered a violation of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

ALC has had unparalleled success challenging solitary confinement through organizing, legislative lobbying, strategic communications, and litigation, including establishing a growing body of precedent-setting case law.

We work with incarcerated people, their families, and our allies in a full-scale, statewide, multi-frontal assault on this barbaric practice.