Play About Solitary Confinement To Be Performed At State House Tuesday

March 25, 2017 CBS Boston A play that prisoners’ rights advocates hope will raise awareness about the practice of solitary confinement is coming to the Massachusetts State House this week. Julia Steele Allen will perform her play “Mariposa and the Saint,” which tells the story of Sara “Mariposa” Fonseca’s experience in solitary confinement through the […]

Amid State House Debate, Play Confronts Solitary Confinement

March 24, 2017 WBUR By Deborah Becker Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that allows inmates to be held in solitary confinement for up to 10 years. But next week, lawmakers will review changing that. Amid that debate comes a play from a New York playwright that will be staged right on Beacon […]

It’s time to fix solitary confinement, before more abuse occurs

By Adrian Walker The Boston Globe January 9, 2017 The enduring appeal of solitary confinement as an option is easy to understand. It seems to make sense that removing troublesome criminals from the general population might deter bad behavior, or at least make it easier to manage. But that isn’t what the evidence suggests. States […]

Advocates: Mass. unlawfully isolates mentally ill inmates

By Maria Cramer and Jenna Russell The Boston Globe December 31, 2016 One inmate, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, became so distraught after months in the prison’s isolation unit that he began talking to himself and counting compulsively. Another, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, declined so much in isolation that he smeared himself with feces. A third, […]

Advocates push for limits on Massachusetts’s use of solitary confinement

By Shira Schoenberg MassLive June 17, 2016 A growing group of advocates is pushing for changes to Massachusetts’s solitary confinement policies, as several bills move slowly through the legislative process. The Pioneer Institute think tank joined the call recently with a new policy brief arguing that Massachusetts should restrict the use of solitary confinement, provide regular […]

Symposium voices concern, highlights dangers of solitary confinement

By Jessie Levinson The Daily Free Press March 30, 2016 As part of a weeklong call to action on current solitary confinement laws in Massachusetts, Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts hosted a symposium on solitary confinement Thursday afternoon at the New England School of Law. The symposium consisted of two panels as well as a […]

Fighting To End Solitary Confinement

Interview by Jim Braude with Lizz Matos and Benito Vega WGBH Greater Boston March 23, 2016 A group of local criminal justice reformers has organized a Week of Action on Solitary Confinement to raise awareness of what they consider the cruelty of the practice which 80 to 100 thousand Americans experience every day. As part of the effort, a […]

The Deplorable State Of Solitary Confinement In Massachusetts

By Bonnie Tenneriello and Daniel Medwed WGBH February 22, 2016 In late January, President Obama announced historic changes in how the federal prison system uses solitary confinement—or “segregation” as it is euphemistically called within Massachusetts’ prison system. He cited research showing that the practice can lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” Solitary confinement, he said, “doesn’t […]