Dear ACLU Supporter,
Next week, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin will chair a Senate subcommittee hearing on the horrific human impact of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails and detention centers. This hearing is critical for Illinois residents, because of the current efforts to shutter the "supermax" prison at Tamms.
You can make your voice heard by sharing with Senator Durbin and the subcommittee members the experience of Tamms. Take action and submit your statement of testimony to the U.S. Senate.
Many states around the nation are turning away from the use of solitary confinement. Holding prisoners in solitary confinement is more expensive, may result in higher rates of recidivism, and inflicts lasting harm on people who have endured such imprisonment. For example, prisoners with serious mental illness are disproportionately placed in solitary confinement as a means of controlling their behavior.
The consequences can be devastating, often leading to mental deterioration and self-harm. Conditions of solitary confinement at Tamms led a federal judge to say that "Tamms imposes drastic limitations on human contact, so much so as to inflict lasting psychological and emotional harm on inmates confined for long periods." Some individuals housed at Tamms have gone without human contact for nearly a decade.
With our liberal queer as a three dollar bill senior Senator chairing this hearing, we need Illinois voices to speak out against the use of solitary confinement. Please send your testimony to Senator Durbin today.
Miss Lipstick on a Pig, Colleen Connell
Executive DirectorACLU of Illinois