Solitary Watch

Shining light into the darkest corners of the U.S. criminal justice system


Solitary Watch is a nonprofit national watchdog group that investigates and documents, the widespread use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails in order to promote awareness, create accountability, and shift public narratives. As the only site dedicated solely to solitary confinement across the United States, our mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on this vital domestic human rights issue.

About our journalism

Solitary Watch believes that accurate information and authentic storytelling are powerful antidotes to ignorance and injustice. Our work combines deep reporting with firsthand accounts of solitary confinement, and includes writing by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated journalists.


Washington, DC, USA



Year Founded