North Dakota Changes the Rules on Solitary

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Leann Bertsch

North Dakota corrections chief Leann Bertsch changed her state's approach to solitary after a visit to Norway. Photo by Cheryl Corley/NPR

In a response to the growing consensus that the practice of solitary confinement  is cruel and ineffective, North Dakota has reduced the number of infractions that sends prisoners into isolation—and has changed how inmates are treated if they are sent into “administrative segregation.” The reforms came after a visit by Leann Bertsch, the state's prison chief, to Norway . . .

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