A campaign to end solitary confinement and advance safer, more therapeutic alternatives to segregation in Michigan
MSU Broad Museum Exhibit
Silenced: Voices From Solitary
Sept. 4, 2021 - Jan. 30, 2022
Silenced: Voices from Solitary confronts the difficult topic of solitary confinement and isolation within the United States prison system by forwarding the work of a group of talented artists, many of whom have experienced solitary firsthand. Bearing witness to their images, words, videos, and personal testimonies, the exhibition provides an opportunity to learn about the practice and impact of solitary confinement on the residents of Michigan, and beyond.
The goal of the Open MI Door campaign is to end solitary confinement in all Michigan prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities, bringing our state into full compliance with the UN’s Mandela Rules.
We define solitary confinement for adults as confinement for more than 20 hours per day, alone or with a cellmate, without meaningful human contact.
We define solitary for youth as involuntary confinement alone in a cell, room, or other area for more than 4 hours.
ENDORSE THE CAMPAIGN
The goal of the Open MI Door campaign is to end solitary confinement in all Michigan prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities, bringing our state into full compliance with the UN’s Mandela Rules. Sign the position paper to join the campaign.
Solitary: The Family Experience
Despite its name, “solitary confinement” impacts more than just the person on the inside. Family members suffer greatly when a loved one is sent to isolated confinement for more than 20 hours a day. Despite the well-known dangers associated with “the hole” - extreme loneliness, psychiatric distress, increased self-harm, and high rates of suicide - families are often cut off from visits and communications with loved ones during this time.
We would like to invite those who have experienced solitary confinement in Michigan to share your story and offer solutions.