Halden Prison, universally considered the world’s “most humane” correctional institution, is located in a Norwegian town of the same name. For a casual observer from the United States, Halden may as well be on another planet.
There is increasing evidence that the use of segregation in prisons and jails—sometimes referred to as solitary confinement or restricted housing—produces unwanted and harmful outcomes—for the mental and physical health of those in isolation, the well-being of staff, facility safety, corrections budgets of jurisdictions that rely on the practice, and the public safety of the communities to which most incarcerated people will return.
Through this blog series, “Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails,” bloggers of various perspectives—from corrections officials and academic experts to advocates and formerly incarcerated people—will examine the issues presented by the use of segregated housing and discuss promising strategies for reform. Many of the bloggers are staff of Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative and members of Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Advisory Council.
By Rollin Cook, Executive Director of Utah Department of Corrections, Aaron Kinikini, attorney at Disability Law Center, Anna Thomas, former American Civil Liberties Union public policy advocate, and Byron Kline, Senior Program Associate at Vera Institute of Justice April 26, 2018
Momentum Builds in 2017 to Reduce the Use of Solitary Confinement By Mary Crowley and Sara Sullivan December 20, 2017 This post is part of the blog series, “Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails.” In
October 23, 2017 - Matthew Lowen, Vera Institute of Justice
May 6, 2016 – Karen Tamis, Vera Institute of Justice
January 27, 2017 - Lionel Smith, Vera Institute of Justice
June 22, 2017 - Joel Andrade, MHM Correctional Services, Inc
July 27, 2016 – Danny Murillo
August 1, 2016 – Dan Pacholke
February 1, 2016 – Jessa Wilcox, Vera Institute of Justice