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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.