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Social Justice Monday: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Solitary Confinement and Other Conditions inside Washington’s Jails

Monday, Mar 25, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM PDT
Room C5Map Location
This event does not require an RSVP.

The Access to Justice Institute presents

 Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Solitary Confinement and Other Conditions inside Washington’s Jails

Monday, March 25, 2019

Noon – 12:50 p.m.

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Soup Lunch Provided 

Every night, more than 12,000 men and women sleep inside one of Washington’s 59 local or county jails. Most are there simply because they cannot afford the bail that courts regularly impose. Join Travis Andrews and Nick Straley from Columbia Legal Services for a presentation that will examine the environment encountered by these men and women. The presenters will discuss the interaction between incarceration, poverty, poorly managed mental health disorders, substance use, cognitive disabilities, and poorly resourced, trained and supported jail staff. They will also discuss the lack of community-based alternatives that injure the men and women who are incarcerated and the men and women who supervise them. Particular focus will be given to the use of isolation against children in adult facilities and the lack of appropriate programming and educational services for youth in our adult facilities.

Travis Andrews is Columbia Legal Services’ Director of Equity and a Policy Analyst. He has an extensive background in working on issues impacting people affected by the criminal justice system. Mr. Andrews was the primary investigator on a recent case CLS brought on behalf of four youth against King County for the use of extreme solitary confinement and the denial of educational services to youth in the two King County adult jails. The case resulted in a law banning the use of solitary confinement against children in King County - one of the most progressive such laws in the country.

Nick Straley is a Staff Attorney with the Institutions Project of Columbia Legal Services. In his work, Mr. Straley represents men and women who have been incarcerated in prisons or jails and those who have been previously involved in the criminal justice system in Washington. Mr. Straley and the Institutions Project team have worked on many different cases and projects aimed at improving conditions inside the incarceration system and limiting the number of people subject to that system. Most recently, Mr. Straley has been working to fight the construction and expansion of local jails and detention facilities and authoring a report on deaths that have occurred in Washington jails in the recent past.

Social Justice Monday is an organized, weekly series hosted by the Access to Justice Institute in partnership with students, student organizations, and other departments across the law school. If you are interested in organizing a Social Justice Monday for the 2019-2020 academic year, please contact Abby Goldy at