April 10, 2015 - Solitary Confinement As Torture
Chapel Hill, NC


Solitary Confinement

As Torture

Friday, April 10 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.
University of North Carolina School of Law, Room 4085
160 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


What is it like to be held in solitary confinement? How is the practice used in North Carolina? And what is the status of the movement to reform or end the use of solitary confinement, which a recent report argues is a form of torture?

Join a survivor of solitary confinement and a group of policy advocates working on the front lines of prison reform for a comprehensive discussion about the use of solitary confinement in North Carolina and across the country, its physical and psychological impact on inmates, and its relationship to American and international human rights laws, as well as the growing movement to reform and eventually end the use of solitary confinement in the United States. 

Solitary Confinement as Torture,a report released last year by the Human Rights Policy Seminar at the University of North Carolina School of Law that was based on research and interviews with inmates kept in solitary confinement, concluded that the practice is a cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment that amounts to torture and must no longer be used in the United States.

The April 10 event will feature a conversation with Robert King, one of the “Angola Three,” who spent 29 years in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary (known as Angola Prison). King’s conviction was eventually overturned and he was released in 2001. The conversation will be lead by the Rev. Nancy Petty, pastor at Pullen Baptist Memorial Church in Raleigh.

Other speakers will include

  • Deborah Weissman, Reef Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law, who served as faculty adviser for the 2014 report “Solitary Confinement as Torture”
  • Chris Brook, Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina
  • Christina Cowger, Facilitator, NC Stop Torture Now
  • Elizabeth Simpson, Staff Attorney, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
  • Mark Bowers, Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
  • Moira Artigues, Forensic Psychologist

Sponsored by North Carolina Advocates for Justice, UNC School of Law, NC Stop Torture Now, and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation.

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April 19, 2015 - Film Screening: 'Shadows of Liberty'
Charlotte, NC

  • What: A free public showing of the documentary "Shadows of Liberty"
  • When: Sunday, April 19, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte,  28211
  • Who: Co-sponsored by the ACLU of North Carolina's Charlotte Chapter
  • For more information on the film, visit