Jails Action Coalition

The Jails Action Coailition is a group of activists that includes the formerly incarcerated, currently incarcerated, family members and other community members working to promote human rights, dignity and safety for people in New York City jails. Learn more at:

Think Outside the Box: Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement in New York’s Prisons and Jails

The goal of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is sweeping reform of New York’s use of solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails. Learn more at:

Solitary Watch

Solitary Watch is a web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. The mission of Solitary Watch is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States. Learn more at:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Stop Solitary

The ACLU works to protect the constitutional rights of segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities. The ACLU’s Stop Solitary website offers tools to advocates and community members working to end solitary confinement. Learn more at:

Prison Mental Health Guide

The Urban Justice Center – Mental Health Project has compiled this comprehensive guide on how to support a loved one with mental illness in prison: When a Person with Mental Illness Goes to Prison

To learn more about the Urban Justice Center – Mental Health Project, please visit:

The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

A project of the Riverside Church Prison Ministry inspired by Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Learn more at:

Herman’s House

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States—he’s spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman’s House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumel. Watch the trailer for this moving documentary here: