Recent Developments in the Law of Solitary Confinement

Production Date: September 01, 2016 Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3656 minutes


$ 59 Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Public Interest Law In Stock

There are hundreds of thousands of federal, state, and local prisoners currently being held in solitary confinement. Until recently, very few prisoners were able to successfully challenge such isolation, and the courts were quick to defer to prison officials’ justifications of such confinement as necessary to protect prison security. In just the last year, however, we have seen major settlements in New York and California, drastically curtailing the use of solitary confinement, and strong statements against such practices by President Obama, Justice Kennedy, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. 

This course charts the changing landscape of legal and extra-legal challenges to solitary, including an in-depth analysis of the relevant constitutional arguments, the state of expert analysis, and case studies of the recent settlements in New York and California. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current and historical use of solitary confinement in the United States, and the conditions of that confinement
  2. Grasp relevant constitutional claims
  3. Learn of recent expert evidence on the effects of solitary confinement on mental and physical health, and prison security
  4. Practical guidance for challenging solitary confinement in the federal courts 
Cynthia J.
East Palo Alto, CA

The most competent and articulate presenters I've experienced,

Frederick K.
Dayton, NV

A very informative presentation.

Susan T.
Springfield, OR

Very good content Extremely good and caring attorneys who worked on these cases

Kathleen B.
Canby, OR

fascinating story about Pelican-bay prison! Very thorough review of the law on the subject!!

Geoffrey K.
Chappaqua, NY

Both speakers made interesting and effective presentations.

Melissa H.

Very well presented.

Sharon M.
Washington, DC

Good. The topic was extremely interesting and the presenters were good.

Lawrence F.
New York, NY

Great course with extremely helpful and practical information. Thank you

Peter C.
Greenwich, CT

best course yet by a mile by every standard, well prepared, great slides, clearly presented, every minute was interesting and informative, presenters knew their stuff, hope they do another course, great way to get the word out, way to go!, wish I lived next door to a maximum security prison, there is work to be done!

Maureen N.
Princeton, NJ

Great review of an important humanitarian topic that I didn't learn about in law school.

Darrell R. J.
Orlando, FL

Excellent and timely presentation. Speakers are outstanding.

Charles C.
Wilmington, NC

very good. been defense attorney many years, this was very helpful

Edna B.
Minneapolis, MN

Extremely interesting