Solitary Watch

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


Solitary Watch is a nonprofit watchdog organization that works to uncover the truth about solitary confinement and other harsh prison conditions in the United States by producing high-quality investigative journalism, accurate information, and authentic storytelling from both sides of prison walls. Solitary Watch’s mission is to spur public debate and policy change on an underreported humanitarian crisis by promoting awareness, creating accountability, and shifting narratives.

About our journalism

When Solitary Watch was founded, solitary confinement was the best-kept secret of the U.S. criminal justice system—a shadow world that was inhabited by upwards of 100,000 people, yet managed to remain out of sight of the American public, and resolutely off-limits to the press. We believed then, as we do now, that truth and transparency could serve as powerful antidotes to injustice. Over more than a decade, we have played a pivotal role in increasing public awareness, mainstream media attention, and evidence-based policymaking in response to what was once an invisible issue.


Washington, DC, USA



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