In 2017, a replica solitary cell was displayed in three locations in New Haven and in the Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford.
Organized by a broad coalition of local community, religious, and university organizations, “Inside the Box” was an effort to:
- Provide the public with opportunities to experience what isolated confinement is like
- Educate the public about the use of solitary confinement
- Mobilize the public to advocate for limiting the use of solitary confinement.
Inside the Box drew hundreds of Connecticut residents and dozens of state legislators to visit the replica cell and attend associated events, ultimately mobilizing support and advocacy that resulted in legislative reform.
Inside the Box was organized with the help and support of the ACLU of Connecticut, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Dwight Hall at Yale, the Joint Projects Committee of United Church of Christ congregations of New Haven, the Liman Public Interest Program, the Malta Justice Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the New Haven Free Public Library, the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, and the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project.