In the summer of 2010, I was honored to have a Human Rights Center fellowship. My host organization was the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in Oakland, California. They supported me intellectually as I pursued a critical branch of my dissertation research, interviewing former prisoners who had previously spent three months or more in solitary confinement while in U.S. prisons. Through the support and encouragement of the HRC fellowship advisers and community of scholars, I made my first public presentations about the detrimental effects of solitary confinement at the annual fellows conference and in the local news media.
Over the past three years, I have continued to speak publicly about these issues, recently testifying before the California legislature about the state’s overuse of solitary confinement. And I have maintained an ongoing relationship with my Human Rights Center host organization, serving as a member of their Institutional Review Board, reviewing criminal justice related research protocols.
I am a committed supporter of the Human Rights Center because of the way the center’s work, in combination with the fellowship program, promotes creative, rigorous research, and facilitates policy-oriented reform through this research.
In other words, the center a fulfills critical role bridging academic research with human rights advocacy.
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