Magazine article The Christian Century

Interfaith Groups Urge End to Solitary Confinement

Magazine article The Christian Century

Interfaith Groups Urge End to Solitary Confinement

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AN INTERFAITH coalition is urging Congress to end solitary confinement, which they said is a "harmful, costly and ineffective practice."

Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to break a 23-hour nationwide fast June 19 at a press conference in Washington following the first-ever congressional hearing on solitary confinement.

"We're breaking our fast with a commitment that this issue is not over [and] that we're going to give even more energy to our effort to make sure that no one has to spend time in solitary confinement," said Richard Killmer, NRCAT's executive director and a Presbyterian minister.

The hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights called attention to economic, safety and moral issues solitary confinement raises. Some researchers estimate more than 80,000 prisoners are held in social isolation.

The 23-hour fast represented the amount of time prisoners are typically required to spend daily in solitary confinement cells, and fasting is one of the sole forms of protest that prisoners have. …

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