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.

Watch: ‘It’s like a cage,’ says immigrant held in solitary for four months
Scilla Alecci · May 21, 2019

Ilyas Muradi, a 30-year-old longtime U.S. resident from Afghanistan, has spent the better part of four months in a solitary detention cell in an immigration center in Texas. He says it’s like waking up in a nightmare.

Solitary Confinement in US Immigration Facilities, Explained
Spencer Woodman and Ben Hallman · May 21, 2019

Why do immigrants get put in isolation? Here’s a short guide to what we learned about solitary confinement and its use by U.S. immigration officials.

About the Solitary Voices Data
Emilia Díaz-Struck and Karrie Kehoe · May 21, 2019

ICIJ’s data analysis for the Solitary Voices investigation is based on a review of more than 8,400 solitary confinement incident reports.

WATCH: 'I feel I can't be free'
Scilla Alecci · May 21, 2019

Karandeep Singh, a 29-year-old Sikh from northern India, talks about life after solitary confinement.

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer In US Solitary Confinement
Spencer Woodman, Karrie Kehoe, Maryam Saleh and 1 more · May 21, 2019

Locked for weeks or months in isolation cells, mentally ill and other vulnerable detainees from around the world are plagued by anxiety, anger, depression and suicidal impulses.