Tell Governor Northam: Solitary confinement is torture.
Imagine being alone and locked up in a steel-door cage the size of a parking spot, deprived of any meaningful human contact or sensory stimulation for 20 hours or more a day, every day for weeks, months, maybe years, to the point where you lose your grasp on reality. This is the reality for many people in Virginia prisons who are subjected to solitary confinement.
In July 2021, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) falsely claimed that it had ended its use of "restrictive housing," a euphemism the VDOC routinely uses for solitary confinement. Regardless of what VDOC calls it, solitary confinement is torture. It is inhumane. And it must end.
Join the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement in urging Governor Northam to support legislation to end solitary confinement and conduct an investigation into VDOC's claims of ending its use of "restrictive housing."
Governor Ralph Northam