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.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will restrict prisons and jails from holding people in solitary confinement for more than 15 consecutive days. The measure follows other states which have adapted the United Nations guidelines named after Nelson Mandela.
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.
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.
A new Citizens for Prison Reform (CPR) report released Tuesday calls on the Michigan Department of Corrections to end their methods of confinement punishment, charging that isolation exacerbates mental health problems and contributes to prisoner deaths.
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.
Countless prisoners are held in solitary confinement because they are believed to pose a threat to correctional management. But there are better ways to maintain order than to impose a punishment that causes deep psychological harm, writes a former inmate who spent years enduring the “madness” of administrative segregation.