Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Promising Practices

Explore strategies being implemented in prisons and jails around the country to reduce their use of restrictive housing.


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Facility Type



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Diversion for people with SMI

Colorado Department of Corrections

Diversionary Treatment Units (DTUs)

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Special Needs Unit

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Pennsylvania DOC created Special Needs Units (SNUs) for people with physical, mental, emotional, or other vulnerabilities to receive additional services, support, and/or protection.

Step-down program

Colorado Department of Corrections

This Promising Practices section of the SAS Resource Center was developed as part of a collaborative effort with the Vera Institute of Justice, University of Michigan Law School, and Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. We are also deeply grateful to the many leaders across the country who created and implemented each of the reforms cited throughout this section for their efforts to reduce the use of restrictive housing in prisons and jails across the country.

Please note that Vera and our partners do not specifically endorse the practices and policies included in this section. The Promising Practices section features segregation reforms being implemented in prisons and jails around the country. Our goal is to serve as a resource to other jail and prison systems interested in implementing similar practices and policies by highlighting those jurisdictions that report successful reforms.