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Reshaping Restrictive Housing at the South Dakota State Penitentiary

Reshaping Restrictive Housing at the South Dakota State Penitentiary

Crime and Justice Institute, and United States of America. “Reshaping Restrictive Housing at South Dakota State Penitentiary.” (2015).

“In 1-year’s time the South Dakota State Penitentiary saw its restrictive housing population drop by 18 percent, and its violent incident rate is now at its lowest point—lower than the rate in general population. These and other gains are significant for the State of South Dakota, particularly in light of the national push to reduce the use of restrictive housing, also known as administrative segregation or solitary confinement. This report tells the story of how the South Dakota Department of Corrections reshaped its approach to restrictive housing and is starting to achieve transformative results.”

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Keywords: programming, policy, procedure, technical assistance, implementation, quality assurance, standards