After Night in Prison, Prison Director Calls for Solitary Confinement Reform

After voluntarily spending twenty hours in solidarity confinement, Rick Raemisch, the Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director, has used a New York Times op ed column to call on governments to at least “greatly reduce” if not eliminate its use entirely.

Besides imprisoning more people than any other nation, both in per capita and absolute terms, researchers at last week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago said the United States is the leading practitioner of solitary confinement, holding approximately 80,000 in solitary at any given time.

“Solitary confinement appears to fundamentally alter the brain and induce numerous psychological and physical effects,” they concluded, echoing Raemisch’s observation that “I sat with my mind. How long would it take before Ad Seg [Administrative Segregation] chipped that away? I don’t know, but I’m confident that it would be a battle I would lose.”

Most leading human rights organizations consider long-term solitary confinement to be inhumane, if not torture, and the Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union have each written detailed reports [2] [3] about the issue.

Insight

Take Action Today

To discuss your case with an experienced civil rights attorney, contact our firm today for a free and confidential consultation at 888-644-6459 (toll-free) or 312-243-5900.

Our Impact

Loevy & Loevy has won more multi-million dollar verdicts than perhaps any other law firm in the country over the past decade. 

Read the latest public reporting and press releases about Loevy + Loevy’s clients, our public interest litigation, and our civil rights impact.

We take on the nation’s most difficult public interest cases, advocating in and outside the courtroom to secure justice for our clients and to hold officials, governments, and corporations accountable.

Scroll to Top

If you or your property were impacted by the demolition of the smokestack at the former Crawford Coal Plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood in April 2020, you may be entitled to compensation from a class action settlement. You can learn more about the settlement and file a claim at www.littlevillagesmokestack.com. If you have questions, you may also contact the attorneys working on the settlement by calling (800) 244-0942.