Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Safely Reducing the Use of Solitary Confinement

Safely Reducing the Use of Solitary Confinement

For ten years, the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has partnered with corrections agencies to safely reduce their use of solitary confinement—also known as restrictive housing or segregation. This video provides an overview of Vera’s approach to reducing the use of restrictive housing in its partner agencies through the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative—including extensive data and policy analysis, and recommendations for reform. Recommendations typically focus on:

  • reducing the number of people going into restrictive housing;
  • shortening the length of time people spend in restrictive housing; and
  • improving the conditions within restrictive housing.

The video highlights the experience of incarcerated people living in and correctional staff working in restrictive housing. And features testimony from Vera staff and correctional leadership from jurisdictions such as Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, and Oregon about the value of restrictive housing reforms and the impacts these changes had on conditions in their jurisdiction’s prisons.

Keywords: SASI, reforms, corrections officer, alternative units, mental health, incarcerated people Rick Raemisch, Elena Vanko, Kenneth Lassiter, James Dzurenda, Collete Peters.