Solitary Confinement In Illinois by The 21st published on 2017-03-28T18:03:20Z Solitary confinement is controversial. In some cases, the UN calls it torture. Many prison officials say it’s necessary to protect safety. In Illinois, a legal advocacy group sued the Illinois Department of Corrections on behalf of six inmates. The suit alleges some were put in “extreme isolation” for years in what they describe as brutal conditions. The suit argues that this kind of treatment is unconstitutional. Earlier this month, the case took one step closer to becoming a class action. We were joined on the show Brian Nelson. He was incarcerated, and spent years in solitary confinement. He now works with the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago. We also talked with Alan Mills, executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center.