As with almost every other aspect of imprisonment, women have gender-specific experiences that lead to solitary confinement, also known as restrictive housing, special housing units (SHU), or segregation.
There is increasing evidence that the use of segregation in prisons and jails—sometimes referred to as solitary confinement or restricted housing—produces unwanted and harmful outcomes for the mental and physical health of those in isolation, the well-being of staff, facility safety, and the public safety of the communities to which most incarcerated people will return.
Through this blog series, “Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails,” bloggers of various perspectives—from corrections officials and academic experts to advocates and formerly incarcerated people—examine the issues presented by the use of segregation and discuss promising strategies for reform.
February 24, 2020 – Sebastian Johnson, Arnold Ventures
April 26, 2018 – Rollin Cook, Executive Director of Utah Department of Corrections, Aaron Kinikini, Attorney at Disability Law Center, Anna Thomas, former American Civil Liberties Union public policy advocate, and Byron Kline, Senior Program Associate at Vera Institute of Justice
December 20, 2017 – Mary Crowley and Sara Sullivan, Vera Institute of Justice
October 23, 2017 - Matthew Lowen, Vera Institute of Justice
May 6, 2016 – Karen Tamis, Vera Institute of Justice
January 27, 2017 - Lionel Smith, Vera Institute of Justice
June 22, 2017 - Joel Andrade, MHM Correctional Services, Inc
July 27, 2016 – Danny Murillo
August 1, 2016 – Dan Pacholke