On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, from 7pm – 8pm, Emancipate NC and other groups in the End SolitaryNC Coalition will co-host a virtual listening session via Zoom to discuss and help raise awareness about the harms caused by exposure to solitary confinement (e.g., restrictive housing) in North Carolina’s state prisons.
People spend 22-24 hours a day in an 8′ x 6′ box for days, weeks, months, and years while in solitary confinement. The psychological and physical harms of solitary confinement have been well-documented for decades. Prolonged isolation is traumatic and incredibly harmful to one’s mental health, leading to memory deficits, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. For people with pre-existing mental illnesses, the consequences are even worse.
Directly impacted people, family members, and service providers will share how their lives have been affected by solitary confinement in North Carolina’s prisons, and offer alternative solutions to make restrictive housing less traumatic and a more therapeutic/rehabilitative process for people subjected to it.
Mark your calendars now to join us. Advance registration is required here.