James Ridgeway

James Ridgeway (1936–2021) was an investigative journalist for more than fifty years and was the author of seventeen previous books. He was a co-director of Solitary Watch and a Soros Justice Fellow and a co-editor, with Jean Casella and Sarah Shourd, of Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement (The New Press).

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News and Reviews

New Republic

Read an excerpt from Hell Is a Very Small Place in The New Republic

The New Yorker

The New Yorker profiles Hell Is A Very Small Place editor James Ridgeway and his work advocating against solitary confinement

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly reviews Hell Is a Very Small Place.


Kirkus calls Hell Is a Very Small Place a "potent cry of anguish from men and women buried way down in the hole."


Books by James Ridgeway

Hell Is a Very Small Place
Voices from Solitary Confinement

Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, Sarah Shourd