Cages Are All the Rage: Doubling Down on Centuries of Failure

Joey Pedersen The Greek gods would have been impressed with the sadism of American prison officials. I do not say this lightly, and neither should you accept the claim at face value, for the Greek deities were accomplished punishers. Ixion, after all, was chained to a wheel merely for having relations with a cloud (it’sContinue reading “Cages Are All the Rage: Doubling Down on Centuries of Failure”

Is a One-Size-Fits-All COVID-19 Prevention Protocol Working in Correctional Settings?

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic mainstream media coverage of how the virus affects prison populations has focused primarily on the rapid spread of the virus and any deaths that have resulted, both among prisoners and staff. There has been less coverage of how individual prisoners and staff members feel about the public healthContinue reading “Is a One-Size-Fits-All COVID-19 Prevention Protocol Working in Correctional Settings?”

Does the Washington Department of Corrections Use Isolation or Solitary Confinement in Any Form? Deputy Prisons Director Says It Does Not

In a letter dated December 5, 2019, WA DOC Deputy Prisons Director Scott Russell stated the following: “…the Washington State DOC does not use ‘solitary confinement’ or ‘isolation’ in any form. As you noted, and thank you for doing so, the department is currently partnered with the Vera Institute for a project to reform the use ofContinue reading “Does the Washington Department of Corrections Use Isolation or Solitary Confinement in Any Form? Deputy Prisons Director Says It Does Not”