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Why Lockdowns Can’t Protect People in Prison From Deadly Viruses

When the pandemic started, many prisons and jails responded by locking people down in their cells, and by using solitary confinement cells as quarantine units. The measure may actually have increased the spread of COVID, says a new report which argues the best way to protect inmates from infectious diseases is ending mass incarceration.

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Colorado Bill Proposes Curbs on Use of Solitary in Jails

New legislation would require Colorado’s jails to keep people with certain medical and mental health conditions out of solitary confinement. While advocates and family members of victims support the bill, sheriffs say more funding will be necessary to implement the changes.

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Let’s End Solitary for Youth During COVID—and After

With the increased dangers caused by the pandemic, jurisdictions across the country should be doing all they can to reduce the number of youth confined in secure facilities. For those youth who do remain confined, however, the risk of being subjected to solitary confinement is especially concerning, write two former youth agency administrators.

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Canada Promised to End Solitary, Report Finds Otherwise

Less than two years after Canada passed legislation promising to end solitary confinement in federal prisons, the Correctional Services of Canada began a new practice — Structured Intervention Units (SIUs) — which experts say in a new report is no different than the detrimental confinement practices now outlawed.

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Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness: It’s Time to Stop the Harm

Although some inmates with serious mental illness benefit from being separated from others, solitary confinement can aggravate symptoms of serious mental illness and have grave mental health consequences. Authorities should start considering the increasing number of evidence-based practices available as alternatives, writes a Washington state clinical and forensic psychiatrist.