James Ridgeway, Investigative Journalist Who Fought Prisoner Abuse, Dies at 84

HeadlineFeb 15, 2021

Longtime investigative journalist James Ridgeway has died at the age of 84. Ridgeway was the Washington correspondent for The Village Voice for 30 years. He also wrote for Mother Jones, Ramparts, The New Republic, The Nation and other outlets in a career that spanned six decades. In 2010, Ridgeway co-founded Solitary Watch, focused on the plight of prisoners in solitary confinement. Some of their stories appeared in Ridgeway’s book, “Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement.” Click here to see our interviews with James Ridgeway.

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