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Solitary Confinement is Torture: Hall v. Wetzel

Darrick Hall had been in solitary confinement for 24 years on death row. He had been unable to hug his daughters or hold his mother’s hand. No one should be in longterm solitary confinement because it is a torture and it is cruel. Mr. Hall was there despite having his death sentence vacated. At the time, the Department of Corrections held people senteced to death in permanent solitary confinement. Mr. Hall was awaiting resentencing to a life without parole sentence and people with those sentences are not generally held in solitary. Amistad Law Project, along with the Abolitionist Law Center and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University sued the Department of Corrections. We won and Mr. Hall was freed from solitary confinement and has been able to have many visits where he was able to hug his family.

 

Darrick Hall and members of Amistad Law Project pose together for a photo on the occasion of the first visit where they weren't separated by a plexiglass barrier.
Darrick Hall and members of Amistad Law Project pose together for a photo on the occasion of the first visit where they weren't separated by a plexiglass barrier.