End Solitary Confinement in Illinois Prisons Now!!

  • by: Melinda Power
  • recipient: Illinois governor Bruce Rauner and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois

Solitary confinement has been found to be a form of torture by the United Nations, in a resolution signed by the Chicago City Council in 2012, and by humanitarians everywhere. We are urging the Illinois State Legislature to pass legislation banning solitary confinement in Illinois. Solitary confinement means a prisoner is isolated in his cell at least 23 hours a day with no human contact. Access to commissary, visits, classes and outdoor exercise is very limited. Solitary confinement leads to the physical and mental deterioration of the prisoner. Better, cheaper alternatives are mental health, educational classes and group counselling. Prison systems, such as in Mississippi, which have severely curtailed solitary confinement report less prison violence and tremendous cost savings.

Update #15 years ago

Thank you for signing the Petition to End solitary confinement in Illinois. Now that President Obama has publicly opposed solitary confinement for juveniles, we hope you will ask your friends to sign this petition.

We meet next week with a state representative who is planning to sponsor the legislation. We actually have Democrat and Republican support for the legislation.

Thank you for your support. Melinda Power for Illinois Coalition Against Torture
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