Human Rights Pen Pal

We believe that the power of pen and paper can transcend prison walls

What is solitary confinement?

In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone — sometimes for arbitrary reasons, like reading the wrong book, or having the wrong tattoo — in a grey, concrete box.

What does solitary confinement feel like?

According to the U.N. 15 days in solitary is torture.
Below is a virtual experience of solitary confinement – what our pen pals are experiencing or have experienced in the name of criminal injustice.