Tag Archives: solitary confinement

Three Years Without a Trial for a 16 Year Old

Fact: Kalief Browder spent more than 1000 days in jail on Rikers Island without a trial. He was first jailed when he was 16 years old.

Fact: In 2011, 74% of felony cases in the Bronx were older than six months.

Fact: At the beginning of 2013, there were 952 felony cases in the Bronx that were more than two years old.

Fact: In 2011, 165 felony cases in the Bronx went to trial. In 3,991, the defendant pleaded guilty.

Fact: in 2013, 27% of adolescent inmates on Rikers Island are in solitary confinement.

Source: Before The Law, The New Yorker

Solitary Confinement If…?

Fact: Official Bureau of Prisons policy allows solitary confinement from three to twelve months, depending on the violation for the following:

  • “Insolence”
  • Masturbation
  • Simple Fighting
  • Adulteration of Food
  • Self-Tattooing
  • Circulating a Petition (regardless of content)
  • Failure to follow correction officer’s work instructions exactly
  • Improperly handling a cleaning product
  • Failing to stand for count
  • Being “untidy”
  • Using obscene language twice within six months

Source: The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Abuses of Solitary Confinement, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

18 Months Solitary Confinement for Masturbation

Fact: Under Bureau of Prisons official policy, masturbation is punishable by up to six months in “disciplinary segregation” (solitary confinement). For a second offense within eighteen months, another year of solitary confinement is officially permissible.

Fact: In other words, the punishment for masturbating twice in 18 months, under official BOP policy, is up to 18 months in solitary confinement.

Source: The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Abuses of Solitary Confinement, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

“Indeterminate” Solitary Confinement in America

Fact: At least 3,808 California prisoners are serving time in solitary confinement on an “indeterminate sentence.” They do not know when, or if, they will ever be released.

Fact: More than half of California’s solitary confinement prisoners serve at least 5 years. One has been in solitary for more than 42 years.

Fact: Californian prisoners are not allowed a lawyer at internal “validation” hearings to determine whether or not they should be moved to solitary confinement. Department data shows that since 2005, 25 validations have been rejected out of more than 6,300 cases.

Source: Mother Jones, Solitary Confinement, Shane Bauer