Interview of Natasha White
On Tuesday, October 26 at 12 noon, Rabbi Feinberg will interview via zoom Natasha White, Coordinator of the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement.
Natasha White is a formerly incarcerated survivor of solitary confinement. A New York native affected by the prison system at an early age losing her father when he was sentenced to 22 years in the federal penitentiary. Ms. White began having issues with the juvenile justice system as a teenager, eventually landing her in prison for 15 years due to domestic
abuse, drug addiction and chronic homelessness.
While incarcerated Natasha spent four years in solitary confinement. Dedicating herself to justice reform upon release, she quickly joined Just Leadership and became a leader in the Close Rikers campaign.
While living in a reentry shelter during the height of COVID-19, Natasha completed 3 community organizer trainings and graduated from College and Community Fellowships WISH (Women Influencing Systems and History). In January of 2021, Natasha became a community organizer for the Halt Solitary campaign changing history in New York when legislation banning solitary confinement passed in March of 2021.
In June, Natasha relocated to Virginia and joined the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement as their Coordinator/Manager.