In 2015, the UN declared that more than two weeks of solitary confinement is “torture” and should never be used in any correctional setting. Yet in Pennsylvania, the DOC confines over 2,500 people in solitary for spans that last months, years, and even decades.
Led by organizers who experiencd solitary firsthand, HRC advocates for the passage of legislation that would eliminate long-term solitary confinement and prohibit the use of solitary for vulnerable populations.
Send support to folks in solitary.
When people are sent to solitary, their property is tossed and many possessions -- from underwear to books -- are thrown out. People in solitary also aren't allowed to work their prison jobs to get their (very small) paychecks. The money raised by this fundraiser goes directly to people who have been sent to solitary, giving them a chance to buy back some essential items, while connecting them up with outside community. This support shows people whom the state is trying to isolate and break that folks outside support them and are standing in solidarity with them and their struggle for freedom. You can donate via our cashapp ($hrcsolitaryfund) or by following the link below.
PASS HB1037 & SB685!
Radical change is possible through the passage of HB1037 and SB685, which would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for more than 15 days at a time, for more than 20 days in a 60-day period, and for individuals from vulnerable populations (elderly, pregnant, juvenile, people living with mental illness or intellectual disability, and LGBTI individuals). It also provides disciplinary alternatives to solitary confinement for all but the most serious infractions, introduces a step-down program to transition individuals back into the general population, and prohibits the direct release of individuals from solitary into the community.
We can stop solitary through the passage of HB 1037/ SB 685.
Learn more about these bills.