An estimated 100,000 U.S. citizens spend 22-23 hours a day in solitary confinement. Hundreds are confined to their 8-by-10 foot cells in Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison. With unprecedented access, director Kristi Jacobson offers a revealing and moving portrait of life inside solitary confinement, including stories from correction officers working to reduce the number of inmates in segregation, and intimate reflections from the men who are locked up in isolation.
Join us for a special screening of SOLITARY: Inside Red Onion State Prison, which offers a rare window into life on both sides of the bars and prompts challenging core questions about punishment today.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Charles Feinberg of Interfaith Action for Human Rights, and featuring Kimberly Snodgrass (mother of a man incarcerated at Red Onion), Marcus Bullock (a formerly incarcerated person) and filmmaker Kristi Jacobson.
Deprived of nearly all human interaction, individuals held in solitary confinement often sustain permanent psychological damage. Learn more about the harms of solitary, to prisoners and society at large, and see why it’s time to reduce reliance on this inhumane practice.
When: 7 p.m., Feb. 8, 2017
NEW LOCATION: Virginia Historical Society*, 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, Va. 23220
*The Virginia Historical Society is not a sponsor of this event.