Chammah, Maurice. “How to Get Out of Solitary – One Step at a Time.” The Marshall Project, January 7, 2016.
“New programs are easing prisoners out of years of isolation, with surprising benefits for inmates—and corrections officers.”
This feature article by The Marshall Project in collaboration with The Atlantic examines the use of step-down programs to progressively transition inmates in segregated housing into less restrictive conditions and ultimately back to the general population. The article notes that there are 30 such programs around the country, and that no two programs are the same. The author examines the Incentives in Segregation program in Michigan’s Alger Correctional Facility, describes a visit to the Penitentiary of New Mexico, and discusses some of the positive effects of step-down programs for both inmates and staff at correctional facilities.
Keywords: step down programs, step-down plans, transitional programs, levels programs, release, reentry, re-entry, effects on correctional officers, effects on prison guards, effects on staff, administrative segregation, Rick Raemisch, Alex Tomlin, Terry Kupers, Catherine Bauman