LunchTalk Series: the Worst of the Worst (Oct 28)

The latest in the long-running series of LunchTalks examines Connecticut's maximum security prison and the practice of solitary confinement.

Tuesday, October 28th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

United Way of Greater New Haven
370 James Street Ste. 403
New Haven, CT 06513

The Worst of the Worst

Portrait of a SuperMax Prison

"Researchers have demonstrated that prolonged solitary confinement causes a persistent and heightened state of anxiety and nervousness, headaches, insomnia, lethargy or chronic tiredness, nightmares, heart palpitations, and fear of impending nervous breakdowns."

- The Center for Constitutional Rights Fact Sheet

This film by the Yale Law School Visual Law Project depicts Connecticut's sole supermax prison, where many inmates are held in solitary confinement for months and even years at a time. Hard-hitting interviews with a range of experts and administrators are interwoven with the powerful stories of those who spend their days within the walls of Northern: inmates and correctional officers.

Discussion following with community members and the Interim Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Corrections, Scott Semple.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to


Center for Constitutional Rights - Reassessing Solitary Confinement
Center for Constitutional Rights - FACT sheet on Solitary Confinement
The Sentencing Project - Trends in US Corrections

This American Life - Episode 538 transcript or podcast

Recommended Reading*:

Punishment and Inequality in America – Bruce Western
Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys – Victor M. Rios
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream – Brian E. Moran

*Links provided to are for educational purposes; no single website is endorsed for obtaining a copy of these resources.