This is a webpage for the Solitary No More VA and Torture Free MD campaigns. These campaigns aim to end the use of long-term isolation in United States Prisons, beginning the battle in the DMV area (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). You can learn more about our sponsor organization, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, by clicking below.
Both the Solitary No More VA and Torture Free MD Campaigns share one mission: to end the torturous practice of solitary confinement in Virginia and Maryland prisons.
Solitary No More VA and Torture Free MD Campaigns is sponsored by Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR). IAHR represents people of faith and allies who educate and advocate in Maryland, DC, and Virginia for corrections systems to abolish unnecessarily punitive practices such as solitary confinement and to instead focus on rehabilitation and successful reentry of our citizens.
The campaigns in Virginia and Maryland consist of faith-based organizations, prison reform advocates, civil rights groups, and directly impacted individuals who are all working to end the torturous practice of solitary confinement.
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) represents people of faith and allies who educate and advocate in Maryland, DC, and Virginia for corrections systems to abolish unnecessarily punitive practices such as solitary confinement and to instead focus on rehabilitation and successful reentry of our citizens.
Natasha White is a survivor of solitary confinement. Since her release, she has been a leader in the Close Rikers, HALT Solitary, Bail Reform, and Less is More Campaigns. She is currently the National Unlock the Box Campaign State Representative for both Maryland and Virginia Coalitions on Solitary, as the Director of Community Engagement for IAHR.
The Rev. Dr. David Lindsey serves as the Executive Director of IAHR. Prior to his arrival at IAHR, Rev. Lindsey most recently served as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. In addition to his work as a non-profit Executive Director, Rev. Lindsey has served local churches in California, Minnesota, and Virginia. He has been honored to serve in and on behalf of his denomination (the United Church of Christ) over two decades, including diverse opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith partnerships. His graduate studies were at Chicago Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry) and Claremont School of Theology (Master of Divinity), and his undergraduate studies were at Centre College in Kentucky.
Unlock the Box
ACLU of Virginia
ACLU People Power Fairfax
Bridging The Gap In Virginia
Charlottesville Chapter National Organization for Women
Coalition for Justice
EJUSA Evangelical Network
The Humanization Project
Inmate Support Virginia
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC)
Just Future Project
Justice & Witness Action Network -- Virginia (United Church of Christ)
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter
Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised (RIHD)
RVA Health Alliance for Social Justice and Equity
SALT-Social Action Linking Together
Social Workers and Allies Against Solitary Confinement
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Virginia
Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Virginia Justice Democrats
Virginia Justice for Life
Virginia Prisoner Of Conscience
Virginia Prison Justice Network
Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee
WJCC Coalition for Community Justice
The Sentencing Project