Upcoming Pitt Law Conference on Solitary Confinement Highlighted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke with Professor Jules Lobel and upcoming speaker and former prisoner Danny Murillo, who spent 7 years in solitary confinement, in an article on the upcoming International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Prolonged Solitary Confinement at Pitt Law April 15-16 (RSVP).
State and European prison officials, academics, scientists, attorneys, released former inmates and others will gather in Pittsburgh this week to discuss prolonged solitary confinement in prison — as well as possible alternatives to the practice.
“It was designed to break you. It was designed to break you psychologically, spiritually and physically,” said Murillo.
Professor Lobel told the Post-Gazette a growing movement aims to restrict and end the use of solitary confinement, and prison officials recognize this. “We know that keeping someone in solitary creates psychological damage,” he said.