STEERING COMMITTEE

Jack Beck

Since 2004, Jack has been the Director of the Prison Visiting Project at the Correctional Association of NY (CA), which has statutory authority to inspect prisons in NY State and to report its findings to the legislature and public.  At the CA, he has focused on monitoring conditions within NY prisons, including the impact of solitary confinement; safety and violence in the prisons; prison medical and mental health care; and treatment of persons in prison with substance abuse histories. Prior to the CA, he was a Senior Supervising Attorney at the Prisoners’ Right Project (PRP) of the Legal Aid Society, where he worked for 23 years.  

Dolores Canales

Dolores Canales is Co-Founder of California Families Against Solitary Confinement. Dolores is currently working to establish a National Network of Solitary Survivors and Families and explore the kinds of support and coordination the Network will need to become integrally involved in local, state, and national campaigns to end solitary confinement. As organizer of the Family Unity Network and of California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement, Dolores was instrumental in building grassroots activism by family members and formerly incarcerated people in the communities most impacted by solitary, as well as collaborations across the wall with hunger strikers at Pelican Bay and other California prisons. In coordination with litigation and other advocacy efforts, Dolores's work helped to achieve meaningful reform of California's solitary confinement policies, while at the same time fostering family restoration and healing.

Jean Casella

Jean Casella is Co-Director of Solitary Watch, a watchdog group founded in 2009 to expose what was at that time a nearly invisible domestic human rights crisis. Believing that accurate information and authentic storytelling can serve as catalysts to change, Solitary Watch investigates and documents the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails, and detention facilities. Jean has more than three decades of experience managing mission-driven media projects. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, The Guardian, and many other publications, and the anthology she co-edited, Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement, was published by the New Press in 2016. She has received a Soros Justice Media Fellowship for her work on solitary confinement.

Amy Fettig

Amy Fettig is the Deputy Director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project and Director of the Stop Solitary Campaign, which seeks to end the practice of extreme isolation in our nation’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers through public policy reform, state and federal legislation, litigation and public education. Amy also litigates federal class action prison conditions cases for the ACLU. Her practice focuses on claims regarding medical and mental health care in prison, solitary confinement, prison rape and sexual abuse, and comprehensive reform in juvenile facilities. A national expert on prisoner rights law, she provides technical legal assistance and strategic counsel to advocacy groups and lawyers around the country. She is a national expert on legal and policy reform for prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers.

Jenny Lutz

Jenny Lutz is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy who leads the Center’s national work to end solitary confinement of youth through institutional reform, administrative and legislative advocacy, and public education. She also assists jurisdictions prevent kids from entering youth justice facilities and works with jurisdictions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems. From 2005-2015, Jenny represented hundreds of youth charged with crimes as a trial attorney and Policy Advocate at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  Jenny is a graduate of Duke University the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Johnny Perez

Johnny Perez is the Director of U.S. Prison Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. He adds value, insight, and leadership to existing campaign efforts working to end the torture of solitary confinement, while building the capacity of religious leaders and directly impacted communities to engage in education and advocacy in the United States.

Jessica Sandoval

Jessica Sandoval, National Campaign Strategist for the Unlock the Box Campaign to End Solitary Confinement, has 25 years experience reforming the youth and adult justice systems. Mrs. Sandoval uses her organizing and advocacy expertise to develop and administer strategies and tools to support state campaigns aligned with the mission of the “stop solitary” movement.

Mark Soler

Mark Soler is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), a nonprofit public interest law and policy organization that works on juvenile justice reform throughout the country.  CCLP’s activities focus on reducing unnecessary incarceration of young people, ensuring safe and humane conditions for youth who are incarcerated, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.  CCLP leads Stop Solitary for Kids, a national campaign to end solitary confinement for young people in the justice system.

Gabrielle Watson - Developmental Evaluator Consultant

Gabrielle Watson is an experienced strategy and evaluation professional with over 20 years experience in public policy, human rights and international development. Before starting Watson Strategies in 2015, Gabrielle worked with Oxfam where she developed and managed internal evaluation systems for policy advocacy efforts and led evaluations on issues ranging from humanitarian crisis response, global access to medicines, sustainable food systems, and the impacts of climate change on vulnerable people. Gabrielle’s strong commitment to learning on the part of the people who actually do the work guides her practice as a Developmental Evaluator, with its focus on bringing real-time feedback and facilitating collective sense-making to drive strategic decisions. Gabrielle is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and brings strong process facilitation and iterative design skills to fit the learning needs of the teams she works with.