On Feb. 25, 2014, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-ILL) chaired a hearing addressing the use of solitary confinement. This followed the first-ever congressional hearing on isolation, initiated by Sen. Durbin and held in June 2012, to examine the consequences of isolation in U.S. prisons. At that time, AFSC submitted a statement, based on our decades-long efforts challenging long-term solitary confinement.
The recent hearing explored the realities of this destructive practice in federal prisons.
AFSC encourages the Subcommittee to conduct additional hearings to ensure the rights of prisoners and detainees are protected. Here’s our perspective in the testimony submitted this this week.