7x9 is a performance art project done by Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) to raise awareness about the use of solitary confinement in American correctional facilities.   It will take place from 6 am on November 21, to 6 am on November 22, outside of Princeton University's Frist Campus Center.  

Incarcerated people in solitary confinement spend 23 hours per day in their cells. In the remaining hour they may choose to go outside or shower.  The average solitary confinement cell in America is 7'x9'.

Each hour, for 23 hours, a student will be present in a 7'x9' cell. In keeping with the restrictions on incarcerated persons in solitary confinement, they will have no books, music, or other forms of entertainment.  They will not interact with the outside world.

We hope that 7x9 will facilitate the conversation on campus about solitary confinement, motivate individual interest in learning more about the experiences of solitary confinement, and inspire students to take action to against the abuse of solitary confinement in American facilities.

To learn more about solitary confinement, you can read this New Yorker piece, and take action by signing the following petitions: 

ACLU: Stop the Abuse of Solitary!

National Religious Campaign Against Torture: End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now

 

 

*Post edited on 09/25/14

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