Abuse of Prisoners

Hearing on Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public

Along with 129 other organizations AFSC submitted a statement on conditions in solitary confinement in US prisons before the United States Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. This was the second hearing on solitary confinement and had excellent attendance from families, ex-prisoners and organizations seeking to abolish or restrict the use of solitary.

Tell California officials to resume meetings with prisoners

On Aug. 19, 2013, California prison officials won a court order saying they could force-feed dozens of inmates who have been on a hunger strike for six weeks over solitary confinement conditions. This order will not end the strike, or prevent other nonviolent demonstrations.

Letter writing to Guantanamo prisoners

Below are instructions for writing to prisoners at Guantanamo and a list of names of the prisoners.

Solitary Confinement: Torture in Our Prisons

On Saturday June 22nd over 61 people, many from faith communities, gathered at East Liberty Presbyterian Church to learn more about solitary confinement in our prisons. The event was organized by the American Friends Service Committee PA (AFSC) and members of East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Community House Presbyterian Church.  

Prolonged Solitary Confinement: A Form of Torture, with Robert King from the Angola Three

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 10:30am - 2:30pm

This will be an opportunity to hear from Robert King, one of the Angola Three, about the use of prolonged isolation in our prisons. Robert King was held in solitary confinement for 29 years. Since his release King has worked tirelessly to expose the injustices of the American penal system perpetrated against African-Americans and poor people.

We will also hear from family members whose children are in isolation and explore actions that we can take to end prolonged isolation in our prisons.

PA Conference Against Torture

 October 28th and 29th 2011 at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg

Seven inches of snow did not prevent forty two of the sixty registered to attend the First PA Conference Against Torture. Sixteen brave folk drove through sleet, snow, rain and fog over the mountains from Western PA at 6:00am on Saturday morning.

Hunger Strikes Resume in California Prison

[Updated] On September 26, thousands of California prisoners inside and outside the state resumed their hunger strike to protest the conditions of solitary confinement.   The strike was suspended after three weeks in July to give officials time they said they needed to respond to prisoner demands. 

High court: California prison overcrowding unconstitutional

AFSC welcomes landmark ruling by US Supreme Court that overcrowding in CA prisons results in "cruel and unusual punishment."

Behind Enemy Lines

Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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