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American Bar Association: Standards on Treatment of Prisoners Standard 23-3.8

American Bar Association: Standards on Treatment of Prisoners Standard 23-3.8

American Bar Association. “Standards on Treatment of Prisoners Standard 23-3.8.” 2010.

This section of the American Bar Association’s Standards on Treatment of Prisoners concerns segregated housing. Standard 23-3.8 states that “[c]orrectional authorities should be permitted to physically separate prisoners in segregated housing from other prisoners but should not deprive them of those items or services necessary for the maintenance of psychological and physical wellbeing,” and forbids conditions of extreme isolation. This standard also says that all people in segregated housing “should be provided with meaningful forms of mental, physical, and social stimulation”; outlines the minimum housing and safety requirements; and recommends as much out-of-cell time and programming participation as practicable for those in segregated housing for reasons other than discipline.

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Keywords: segregation, segregated housing, restrictive housing, solitary confinement, isolation, disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, conditions of confinement