Interfaith Action for Human Rights, a Mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities and people of faith, brings action, education and advocacy to eliminate the practice of solitary confinement of prisoners in state facilities in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
IAHR’s network of multi-faith, multi-ethnic and multi-racial groups seeks to change the culture, policy and practices that violate the human rights of prisoners held in correctional facilities.
- Solitary confinement is a form of psychological torture.
- Solitary confinement is costly and ineffective.
- Short-term confinement of juveniles, the mentally ill and other vulnerable prisoners poses grave risks to the health and rehabilitation of these prisoners.
Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the wisdom of our respective faiths, IAHR advocates for more just and compassionate laws and policies.
Through pastoral outreach, educational efforts and legislative advocacy, IAHR engages and mobilizes faith communities, families, the media, elected and appointed officials, and the general public.