Center on Sentencing and Corrections

A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

On May 30, 2018, the Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) Initiative and Eastern State Penitentiary hosted a public event called ‘A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement’ in Philadelphia, PA. This well-attended event included a panel discussion of correctional leaders, mental health professionals, reform advocates, directly impacted individuals, and other trailblazers who have been leading the way in reducing the use of solitary confinement (also known as segregation) in U.S. prisons and jails. Opening remarks were made by Sara Jane (Sally) Elk, President and CEO, and Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President, of Eastern State Penitentiary; the panel was moderated by Sara Sullivan, Project Director of the SAS Initiative; and a concluding response was given by Jörg Jesse, Director General of Prison and Probation Administration in the Ministry of Justice, Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania, Germany.

Panel speakers included:

  • Shirley Moore Smeal, Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Rick Raemisch, Director, Colorado Department of Corrections
  • Craig Haney, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prisons Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture

To watch and download this event, click here.