Ex-con will discuss solitary confinement

A childhood resident of Jamestown who spent 45 years in prison will discuss his anti-solitary advocacy from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the library, 26 North Road.

Eddie Franco’s prison stint included 10 years in solitary confinement. Along with Rhode Island Catholic Conference and American Civil Liberties Union, he is advocating for legislation that would provide guidelines and accountability for solitary confinement.

Prolonged, indefinite solitary is deemed torture by the United Nations under the Mandela Rules. Connecticut and Maine are among the states that have regulated the punishment.