Reforming the Use of Solitary Confinement

A Conversation

Past Event
Monday, Sep 26, 2016
6:30 PM — 7:30 PM
The Offices of WilmerHale
Reception at 6:00 p.m. prior to the discussion

What is it like to rejoin society after spending years in solitary confinement? Amidst calls for reform to a deeply entrenched practice, how can correctional officials actually reduce their reliance on it?

Join the Vera Institute of Justice for a conversation between two people on the front lines of the movement to rethink solitary confinement in the U.S.—and the potential for reform.

Commissioner W. David Guice from the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety will discuss the steps his agency has taken to reduce its use of solitary through Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) Initiative, as well as future plans for reform.

Danny Murillo—Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow at The Opportunity Institute, and SAS Initiative advisory council member—will discuss his experience spending six years in solitary while in the California prison system. He will talk about the negative impacts of solitary and how systems can change their current practices.

The conversation will be moderated by Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project, with remarks by Denise O’Donnell, Director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Registration is required for this event.


  • W. David Guice
    W. David Guice
    Commissioner, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, North Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Danny Murillo
    Danny Murillo
    2016 Soros Justice Fellow, The Opportunity Institute
  • Bill Keller
    Bill Keller
    Editor-in-Chief, The Marshall Project
  • Denise O'Donnell
    Denise O'Donnell
    Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Justice