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The Loneliest Place In The World

The Loneliest Place In The World

Brown, Ruth. “’The Loneliest Place in the World.’” Idaho Press-Tribune. August 20, 2016.


This article, written by Ruth Brown for the Idaho Press-Tribune, explains that the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) is making efforts “to reduce the use of inmate restrictive housing, otherwise known as solitary confinement, in an effort to meet Department of Justice (DOJ) recommendations, improve inmate behavior and simply find a more humane way to treat inmates who are in restrictive housing.” The article continues on to explain how the IDOC defines and utilizes solitary confinement. The DOJ recommendations for restrictive housing are also explained in detail, relevant to the IDOC’s desired changes for their own facility, including restricting solitary confinement to 15 consecutive days. The article further lays out IDOC’s goals surrounding solitary confinement and inmate behavior.


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Keywords: dry cells, segregation