Today: Conservative Leader Testifies Before U.S. Senate on Dangerous Overuse of Solitary Confinement

A much-anticipated congressional hearing on solitary confinement in the federal prison system will feature testimony today from the president of Justice Fellowship, the criminal justice reform advocacy organization founded by the late Chuck Colson.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., subcommittee chairman; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ranking member; and Justice Fellowship president Craig DeRoche, the former Republican speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a hearing on the human rights, fiscal and public safety consequences of solitary confinement in federal prisons.

The United States has more prisoners in solitary confinement than any other democratic country. The disproportionate and arbitrary use of solitary confinement is not only immoral, it is a missed opportunity to break the cycle of crime.

Today, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m. ET

Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW: Justice Fellowship President Craig DeRoche on:

  • The moral crisis posed by overreliance on solitary confinement

  • Actions Congress must take to reduce overcrowding in the federal system

  • Legislative efforts to stem prison violence and the subsequent overuse of solitary confinement