Social Justice

Solitary Confinement: Calling for Change in American Prisons


With David Shapiro and Daniel Greenfield

Incarceration is the primary form of criminal punishment in the US today, and approximately 80,000 American prisoners are in some form of solitary confinement. What exactly does this look like in our prison system, and what are the effects of solitary confinement on individuals? Does this type of treatment violate prisoners’ constitutional rights? David Shapiro and Daniel Greenfield, members of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic, talk about their research and efforts to end prolonged solitary confinement in American prisons.