Replica Solitary Cell

The SHU Replica Cell is part of a nationwide interfaith campaign against the torture of solitary confinement organized by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). The 10×12 replica cell is modeled after a solitary unit in a Wisconsin prison. While inside the cell, visitors hear an audio track with sounds often experienced in solitary confinement. The audio track was recorded in a solitary confinement unit in Maine. NRCAT worked with a carpenter to develop the replica cell which is transported and displayed in locations across the country.

The goal of the replica cell give viewers a fraction of the real experience of solitary confinement. The cell has been an effective advocacy tool in many jurisdictions. Inside the Box, for example, was a recent exhibit and program in Connecticut designed to support legislative efforts to limit solitary confinement. Read more about Connecticut’s work here.

  • Learn more and read articles about the Replica SHU Cell
  • Watch NRCAT’s video, Breaking Down the Box, a 40 minute film by Matthew Gossage that examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.