Minnesota Still Relies on Long Prison Solitary Confinement

As many states cut back on solitary confinement, it still is frequently ordered in Minnesota prisons. Four hundred thirty seven inmates spent a year or more in solitary, and one was in solitary for more than a decade. Critics say the practice harms inmate mental health. Corrections official Terry Carlson says it is justified for those who “seriously assault” a staff member or kill another offender.

Mary Buser

The ‘Misery of Solitary Confinement’

New York City will no longer send youths 21 and under to solitary confinement. A former prison health care provider says it’s time to apply such an approach nationwide–and for professional associations of social workers and psychologists to put their clout behind efforts to toss this “inhumane” practice into the dustbins of history.