Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Ending Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

Ending Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

In October 2017, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Rick Raemisch, contributed an op-ed to the New York Times describing how and why the state ended the practice of long term administrative segregation. By adopting alternatives to discipline and changing policy, Colorado has been able to drastically reduce its population in segregation as well as the maximum length of time a person can spend there.

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