RI Solitary Confinement Resources & Press

See our fact sheet on the Restrictive Housing Act and testimony from directly impacted individuals here

Below are articles that highlight our and others' efforts to address this issue in Rhode Island:

Rally calls for an end to solitary confinement in Rhode Island

This article discusses our action involving a mock solitary confinement cell, based on the cells in High Security, and features videos and stories from several coalition members.

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Uprise RI, 2021

Passing the Restrictive Housing Act would greatly reduce solitary confinement in Rhode Island

This opinion piece discusses the Restrictive Housing Act and a state House Committee hearing that included 30 people who testified in support of the RHA.

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Uprise RI, 2021

Close High Side Coalition advocates for limits on solitary confinement practices through Restrictive Housing Act

This article explores our legislation, the Restrictive Housing Act, that was introduced in 2021.

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Brown Daily Herald, 2021

'Spiritually and mentally harmed': Advocates push for limit on solitary confinement 

This article explores our legislation, the Restrictive Housing Act, that was introduced in 2021.

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WPRI, 2021

The prison within the prison: A look at RI's supermaximum prison

College Hill Independent, 2021

This article details the conditions in RI's supermaximum prison, the High Security Center

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Solitary confinement: A key part of the RI prison system or 'inhuman and cruel'?

This article discusses our bill, the Restrictive Housing Act, who supports it and why, who opposes it and why

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Providence Journal, 2021

Out of sight, out of mind

This article discusses the realities of being incarcerated in RIDOC's High Security facility at the ACI.

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Uprise RI, 2021

36 people submitted written testimony for the House Finance Committee on Public Safety and the DOC hearing July 22, with calls to close High Side and defund the police

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Some residents call on lawmakers to Cut police funding, close ACI High Security Center

NBC 10 News, 2020

Solitary confinement has human and economic costs

Providence Journal, 2020

Opinion piece that highlights the expenses and harms of long-term solitary confinement in High Side and that other states moved away from supermax facilities and solitary confinement

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Protest theater outside PVD City Hall demands an end to prison torture and isolation

RI COVID Response: Decarcerate NOW campaign hosted a rally against in-cell 23 hour lockdowns in the Adult Correctional Institutions during COVID-19.

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Uprise RI, 2020

A lawsuit against RIDOC for violating the constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment by keeping individuals with SPMI in solitary confinement, including in High Side

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ACLU and Disability Rights Rhode Island sue RI Department of Corrections over solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates

Uprise RI, 2019

Report of the Special Legislative Commission to Study and Assess the use of Solitary Confinement at the Rhode Island ACI

This report reviews findings of a legislative commission charged with investigating solitary confinement. The Commission presents several policy recommendations, some of which have been implemented at the ACI.

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State of Rhode Island, 2017

Boxed in: Ending solitary confinement in Rhode Island 

This article reviews a bill introduced in RI in 2016 to limit solitary confinement to 15 days and exclude certain populations from solitary confinement, H7481. The article discusses this bill in the context of other anti-solitary efforts.

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College Hill Independent, 2016

Prison officials to examine controversial use of solitary confinement

WPRI, 2016

Tim White covers solitary confinement in RIDOC' s Adult Correctional Institute, includes testimony from prisoners, issues with High Side's infrastructure, and reforms in other states

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An exploration of D-Mod, a unit in High Security, improvements in mental health treatment there, and the harm solitary confinement has on individuals with mental illness.

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R.I. prison system lacks resources to care for mentally ill inmates

Providence Journal, 2014