Denson, Bryan. “Oregon Prison Tackles Solitary Confinement with Blue Room Experiment.” The Orengonian, August 21, 2014.
At the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon, prison officials converted a recreation room inside their Intensive Management Unit (IMU) into a calming space where people housed in the IMU can “reconnect with sights and sounds of the natural world. A video projector casts images against a wall: Big Sur, a brook in a dark forest, a tropical beach and 30 other nature videos.” The Blue Room, named for the glow of videos projected on the wall, has shown some promising results: those who were allowed to use the Blue Room showed a slight dip in disciplinary infractions compared to those who were not.
Keywords: reforms and alternatives, restrictive housing, segregation, solitary confinement, Oregon