Pennsylvania state representative Ron Waters has confirmed that the Democratic Party Policy Committee is holding a hearing on solitary confinement in Philadelphia on July 17 at 2pm somewhere at Drexel University (venue still to be determined). The Human Rights Coalition was just made aware of this today and will send additional details regarding the venue, speakers, and other information as it becomes available.
The announcement comes less than one month after U.S. Senator Dick Durbin held a congressional hearing on solitary confinement that drew widespread press coverage. Editorials denouncing solitary confinement appeared in press throughout the country in the aftermath of the hearing, in large part due to the gripping testimony of Anthony Graves, a former death row prisoner who was subject to the torture of solitary confinement for 18 years before being exonerated.
See the transcript and watch the testimony of the senate hearing at this link.
This affects us all. Come to Philadelphia on July 17, draft a statement to submit to the hearing, and be on the lookout for further announcements about a rally that will occur before the hearing. We will try to arrange for speakers who are not able to testify at the hearing to address the public.