Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Promising Practices

This section contains information about strategies being implemented in prisons and jails around the country to reduce their use of restrictive housing

Reform

Target Population

Facility Type

Location

Process

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Congregate Classroom Programming/Activities

Washington State Department of Corrections

Diversion for people with SMI

Colorado Department of Corrections

Diversionary Treatment Units (DTUs)

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Incentive-based system in disciplinary segregation

Hampden County Correctional Center (HCCC)

Intensive Mental Health Unit

Maine Department of Corrections

Multi-Disciplinary Review Team (MDRT)

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS)

Programming in segregation

Hampden County Correctional Center (HCCC)

Rehabilitative Diversion Unit

North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Prisons

Repurposing Segregation Units

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS)

Reducing Time Spent in Restrictive Housing

Maine Department of Corrections

Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU) Pilot

Virginia Department of Corrections

Restructuring Administrative Segregation into Specialized Units

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Revised disciplinary policy

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Security Threat Group Management Unit (STGMU)

North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Prisons

Step-down program

Colorado Department of Corrections

Step-Down Program

Hampden County Correctional Center (HCCC)

The Blue Room

Oregon Department of Corrections

The Challenge Program (TCP)

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS)

Therapeutic Diversion Unit (TDU) Programming

North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Prisons

This Promising Practices section of the SAS Resource Center was developed as part of a collaborative effort with the Vera Institute of Justice, University of Michigan Law School, and Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. We are also deeply grateful to the many leaders across the country who created and implemented each of the reforms cited throughout this section for their efforts to reduce the use of restrictive housing in prisons and jails across the country.

Please note that Vera and our partners do not specifically endorse the practices and policies included in this section. The Promising Practices section features segregation reforms being implemented in prisons and jails around the country. Our goal is to serve as a resource to other jail and prison systems interested in implementing similar practices and policies by highlighting those jurisdictions that report successful reforms.