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The Impacts of Solitary Confinement

This brief by the Vera Institute of Justice provides an overview of the vast body of research on the harmful impacts of solitary confinement on incarcerated people, corrections staff, and the broader community.

Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative partnered with five local and state corrections agencies to assess their policies and practices, analyze data, and provide recommendations for safely reducing the use of restrictive housing in their systems.

This article from the Los Angeles Times describes the issue of long-term isolation in county jails and provides a multitude of personal stories from men caught up in this harmful system.

This report, written by the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, outlines the state’s dramatic reforms in the use of segregation.

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care adopted this position statement in April 2016. It provides guiding principles for correctional healthcare professionals in addressing the use of solitary confinement in facilities in which they work.