The Brutal Truth About Solitary Confinement

While most Americans are aware that solitary confinement is used in the U.S. prison system, most are not aware of the inhumane and unjust reality of the practice.

Legalocities host Jacqueline Crosby interviewed Rev. Laura Markle Downton from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in 2015. Listen to a discussion about the history of solitary confinement, the devastating human and economic toll of the practice, as well as proposed solitary confinement reform legislation.

Rev. Laura Markle Downton is the Director of the U.S. Prisons Policy and Program with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). She directs the state and federal advocacy agenda for interfaith leadership in NRCAT’s campaign to end torture in U.S. prisons and jails, with a focus on ending long-term solitary confinement.

In 2015, NRCAT produced a 40 minute documentary about the use of solitary confinement and nationwide work to confront its use, available for viewing at:

To learn more about what you can do to stop solitary confinement abuses, visit: National Religious Campaign Against Torture at

(Interviewed November 2017)

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