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In February 2014, CCR submitted written testimony for the second Congressional hearing on solitary confinement. The testimony highlighted developments from our work and developments since the first hearing had been held. The second hearing, entitled "“Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences,” was scheduled before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Right," took place on February 25, 2014.
Additionally in light of the February 2014 hearing, CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei signed on to Professor Jeanne Theoharis’ submitted testimony. The submission focuses on the pre-trial treatment of defendants accused of terrorism charges, in particular the use of prolonged isolation, Special Administrative Measures, and other conditions in special housing units, like those of the notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) prison, whose practices have been shrouded in secrecy. Read that submission here.
Previously, in June 2012, CCR submitted testimony for the first Congressional hearing on solitary confinement. This written testimony submitted before U.S. Congress highlighted CCR's litigation and advocacy work on the issue of solitary confinement. The first hearing, entitled, "Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences," was held before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights and took place on June 19, 2012.
Click here to read the June 2012 testimony written by CCR.