October 30, 2021

Seminarians will visit “Mock Cells” to educate about Virginia’s Excessive Use of Solitary Confinement

RICHMOND, Va – Scheduled around classes and election-day voting, seminarians, staff, and faculty at Union Presbyterian Seminary on Tuesday, November 2 (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the café are in Richmond Hall) will learn about solitary confinement by sitting in a mock cell or watching a video recording of what it’s like to be in solitary confinement.  Information will be available for participants and observers to contact legislators urging them to limit the excessive use of solitary confinement in Virginia’s prisons.

The “mock cell” action will be the seventh public event sponsored by a campus or community groups in the last month calling upon Virginia legislators to protect the human rights of incarcerated people and stop the torturous practice of solitary confinement.

The action is planned in collaboration with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Solitary Confinement Coalition.



Fact sheet on Virginia’s excessive use of solitary confinement and how Virginia’s General Assembly can address the problem.


Rev. Mairi Renwick
Chaplain-Richmond Campus
Union Presbyterian Seminary

Rev. Jamar Boyd
Justice Reform Organizer
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Ms. Kim Bobo
Executive Director
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy


The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy advocates economic, racial, and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer, and action. VICPP is a non-partisan coalition of 750 faith communities working for a more just society.