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Oregon Prison Tackles Solitary Confinement with Blue Room Experiment

Oregon Prison Tackles Solitary Confinement with Blue Room Experiment

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.

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Keywords: reforms and alternatives, restrictive housing, segregation, solitary confinement, Oregon