Rachel Gartner recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post. Gartner is the Rabbi and Director of Jewish Life at Georgetown University. She is a co-author of the Moving Traditions’“Rosh Hodesh: Its A Girl Thing Sourcebook,” serves on the board of the Reconstructonist Rabbinical Association, and is an active member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.
Excerpt from “A Jewish call for justice for prisoners in solitary,”
For the estimated 80,000 Americans in solitary, indeterminate stays like Herman’s in 6 foot x 9 foot cells with little or no access to daylight, proper health care or nutrition, nor opportunities for socialization or rehabilitation programs, are not unusual. These conditions are an affront to a Jewish sense of justice, which spurns excessive punishment and prioritizes rehabilitation. In fact, isolation induces emotional, mental and physical states that are antithetical to repentance and rehabilitation.
Rabbi Gartner is also a contributor to the Huffington Post.