American Friends Service Committee. Buried Alive: Long-Term Isolation in California Youth and Adult Prisons. May, 2008.
As stated in American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Arizona report on supermax, Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement in Arizona’s Prisons and Jails, “It is the position of the American Friends Service Committee that long-term solitary confinement is ineffective and inappropriate in all circumstances.” To that end, the AFSC embarked on a national STOPMAX campaign launched in May 2008. Understanding that significant social change takes time and that violence within prisons is a serious problem, AFSC proposes a series of interim steps that should be taken as soon as possible to reduce the use of isolation and to increase oversight and due process. Also published in May 2008, this report details the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s over-use and misuse of isolation units, with six recommendations for change.
Keywords: disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, restrictive housing, restricted housing, segregation, segregated housing, isolation, torture, discrimination, segregated housing and mental health