Solitary confinement of prisoners exists under a range of names: isolation, control units, supermax prisons, the hole, SHUs, administrative segregation, maximum security, or permanent lockdown.
Prisoners can be placed in these units for many reasons: as punishment while they are under investigation; as a mechanism for behavior modification, when suspected of gang involvement; as retribution for political activism; or to fill expensive, empty beds, to name but a few.
The Criminal Justice Program AFSC's New England Regional Office, is dedicated to the practice of healing and transformative justice.
We work from the premise that all communities have within themselves the wisdom to solve the problems that confront them. This work is accomplished collaboratively by those most impacted by crime or harm: victims and survivors along with their families; those who are convicted of crime, along with their families; and the communities where they live.
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
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.