Cruel Isolation
The New York Times Editorial

Barbarous Confinement
Colin Dayan, The New York Times

On Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement, 
and Selective Outrage
Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, Solitary Watch

Is it time to ban solitary confinement?  
Julia Dahl, Solitary Watch

Screams from Solitary, Lance Tapley  
More Lance Tapley articles 

Solitary Watch  (essential reports weekly)

Hellhole , Dr. Atul Gawande / Harvard Law News

The Prison Boom Comes Home to Roost  
James Carroll, Boston Globe

Prison reform: A smart way for states to save money and lives
Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, Washington Post


M-PAC Logo by Lil Ed

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition
“When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality, his mind does not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded. If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment … It is the role of the First Amendment … to protect those precious personal rights by which we satisfy such basic yearnings of the human spirit” (Procunio v. Martinez, 416 U.S. 326, 428 (1974). 
Justice Thurgood Marshall    
Torture in U.S. PrisonsA Q&A with Solitary Watch
James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Solitary Watch

Cruel and usual: US solitary confinement 
As incarceration rates explode in the US, thousands are 
placed in solitary confinement, often without cause
James Ridgeway and Jean Casella

Listen/Read: Solitary Confinement is Torture,  
Dr. Atul Gawande, Democracy Now

Lock-up lessons
The new corrections commissioner wants Maine prisons to learn from the state's juvenile-treatment model
Lance Tapley, Portland Phoenix
Supermax prison cells and torture, 
The New Maine Times, Gina Hamilton  
Death of Bin Laden: Doomsday or Renewal Rev. Stan Moody
(more below ). . .
Reform Comes to the Supermax:
New commissioner cuts population by more than half; 
prisoner-rights advocates help in the reform
Lance Tapley, Portland Phoenix
Maine State Prison reduces solitary confinement,  
Heather Steeves, Bangor Daily News

Mentally ill inmates need more help [SuperMax reforms]
Lance Tapley, Portland Phoenix

Passed as a "Resolve," which requires a review 
of solitary confinement at Maine State Prison's "SMU." 

 Advocates will move forward with new measures.  

Solitary Watch  /  Free Press  / 
Stan Moody's  The Fate of LD 1611: "Watching the Bee Watchers"

Lance Tapley's  A 'Moral Victory' Against Supermax Torture 

A Christian Perspective on [Maine] Prisons - IndyBay.com 
 Interview with Stan Moody
More by Stan Moody 


Historic floor discussion about  solitary confinement and 
human rights of prisoners took place for 3 hours:  

Listen to Maine legislature's full historic debate: 
Part 1 -- Pt. 3 -- Pt. 4 -- Pt. 5 -- Pt. 6 -- Pt. 7 -- Pt. 8


"...in this great country, in this great society have we not evolved in our treatment of human beings well beyond the use of solitary confinement? 
Have we not found better ways to control people? 
Don't we have more appropriate ways of enforcing our laws and rehabilitating our inmates?" 
- Rep. Sean Flaherty, D-Scarborough 

Are Doctors Complicit with Prison Torture -- Lance Tapley

Listen:   Survivor  -- on Public Radio

Maine's New Capital Punishment Law  -- Stan Moody

Listen: Hearing Testimony for and against

Clergy Urge Solitary Limits  /  Solitary Poses a Danger to Everyone  

Myth #1: Prisoners Want to Go to Solitary -- Stan Moody

Myth #5: You Don’t Understand What We Are Up Against!  -- Stan Moody's Hearing Testimony
Ending the Use of Solitary Confinement
M-PAC 2010 Solitary Confinement Bill - LD 1611
Maine's Dramatic Reduction of Solitary Confinement
Lance Tapley, The Crime Report

Maine Reduces Use of Solitary Confinement  
James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Solitary Watch 

For up-to-the minute descriptions in Maine inmates' words:
Voices from the Cracksa blog by Sophie in Chains
Cruel America
Jonathan Schell, The Nation
Reducing solitary confinement: 
How Maine's corrections commissioner dropped supermax numbers by 70 percent . . . and became a national leader in prison reform (if anybody follows)  by Lance Tapley, Portland Phoenix
Reducing Solitary Confinement
Joseph Ponte, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections
Joseph Ponte
Commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections
Reducing Solitary Confinement in Maine
Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, Solitary Watch
The Caging of America
Why do we lock up so many people? 
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Watch: Solitary Confinement: Torture in Your Backyard(featuring Maine)
National Religious Campaign against Torture (NRCAT)
The Abuse of Solitary ConfinementNew York Times Editorial
Maine a model for solitary-confinement reform
The Portland Phoenix, Lance Tapley
Tapley Racks Up Another Award
The Portland Phoenix, Jeff Inglis
Lance Tapley
Lance Tapley
Solidarity and Solitary: When Unions Clash With Prison Reform Solitary Watch, by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella
Fortresses of solitude  Columbia Journalism Review by James Ridgeway
A rare look inside the Maine State Prison’s ‘supermax’ - An almost-clean version of hell
The Portland Phoenix, Lance Tapley
​Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition is committed to advocating to end Solitary Confinement. Explore our efforts here and join us.
Voices from Solitary: “A Prison Where the Building Becomes the Shackles” Solitary Watch: An excerpt from a larger piece that Ray Luc Levasseur is writing. It describes the day he arrived at ADX Florence and his initial experiences at the prison. –Aviva Stahl
Ray Luc Lavasseur
“This Draconian System of Punishment and Abuse”: An Interview with Former Political Prisoner Ray Luc Levasseur Solitary Watch, by Aviva Stahl
Watch: Inside Supermax: Where Tsarnaev could be headed if he escapes the death penalty
FOX Boston, (interview with Ray Luc Levasseur)  
Colorado prison 'a high-tech version of hell'
Boston Globe, Davide Abel
(interview with Ray Lavasseur in last section)
Watch: on Frontline:  Locked Up In America: Stephen’s Story  (MSP solitary confinement)

Repeated on Frontline"Solitary Nation," airing on many PBS stations tomorrow, June 16.
Frontline uncovers the raw reality of solitary confinement (in Maine State Prison.)
*Both of these Frontline programs can be viewed on the internet.

There Was No Day, No Night, Nothing to Mark the Time 
A prison within a prison, solitary confinement has reached epidemic proportions in America. How the work of Zachary Heiden '02 is helping to reverse that trend. 
Jeri Zeder, BC Law
ZACHARY HEIDEN