Center on Sentencing and Corrections

The Plot from Solitary

The Plot from Solitary

Wallace-Wells, Benjamin, “The Plot from Solitary,” New York, February 26, 2014.

“Four alleged members of rival gangs launched a hunger strike 30,000 strong from the isolation of their Supermax cells. Was the prison system that corralled them not strong enough, or is solitary confinement an impossible idea?”

This long-form article from New York magazine examines the hunger strike by Todd Ashker and other inmates at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, and the conditions in the prison’s Special Housing Unit (SHU) which led the strikers to protest.

Click here to read the article.

Keywords: SHU, Pelican Bay, supermax, super-max, mental health, resistance, security threat group, gang, Craig Haney