Solitary Voices

Legislation Would Force ICE to Sharply Curtail Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman · November 14, 2019

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has slammed the “rampant and unnecessary overuse of solitary confinement” at U.S. immigration detention centers.

ICE ‘Knew For Years’ About Solitary Confinement Issues, Memo Reveals
Spencer Woodman · September 25, 2019

U.S. immigration authorities were warned as early as May 2018  that it was placing detainees with serious mental health difficulties in solitary confinement for “shockingly” long periods.

Lawsuit Alleges ‘Brutal Conditions’ in US Immigration Detention Centers
Spencer Woodman · August 27, 2019

U.S. authorities have subjected immigrants to “horrific, inhumane, punitive, and unlawful conditions,” including extended and unwarranted isolation in solitary confinement cells.

Use of Solitary Confinement ‘On The Rise’ in US Immigration Facilities
Spencer Woodman · August 14, 2019

In the first 15 months of the Trump administration, U.S. immigration authorities locked thousands of detainees in solitary confinement cells, some for months at a time.

US Presidential Hopeful Wants Hearing into ‘Appalling Abuses’ of Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman · June 26, 2019

Cory Booker is the third U.S. Senator to demand answers about the use of solitary confinement inside U.S. detention centers following Solitary Voices.

Elizabeth Warren Demands Answers Over Misuse of Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman · June 21, 2019

United States Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has condemned the use of solitary confinement on immigrant detainees as “cruel and…

Snap Inspections Reveal ‘Egregious Violations’ in ICE Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman · June 6, 2019

A scathing new report from a government watchdog has criticized US immigration authorities use of solitary confinement.

‘It’s immoral. It’s unethical. It’s torture.’
Spencer Woodman · May 30, 2019

Rick Raemisch, who led the corrections department in Colorado, believes the United State’s immigration authorities should – and could – change their use of solitary confinement.

Senior US Lawmaker Calls for Investigation into Solitary Confinement
Ben Hallman · May 24, 2019

Following Solitary Voices, US Senator Richard Blumenthal has called the immigration agency’s use of solitary confinement “inhumane” and “un-American.”

‘I lost my mind’: Voices of solitary confinement
Spencer Woodman · May 23, 2019

For Solitary Voices, ICIJ and its partners talked to dozens of immigrant detainees about their experience in an isolation cell. Here are a few of their stories.