American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLU of NV), Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center, and Solitary Watch, Unlocking Solitary Confinement: Ending Extreme Isolation in Nevada State Prisons, 2017.
“A new report produced by the ACLU of Nevada, Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center, and Solitary Watch is the first to document the scope and impact of solitary confinement in Nevada. Unlocking Solitary Confinement: Ending Extreme Isolation in Nevada State Prisons reveals the number of people held in solitary in the state’s eight state prisons, details the conditions experienced by men and women held in isolation, and provides recommendations for sweeping reform.
The 48-page report is the result of two years of collaboration between the three groups. Public records requests to the Nevada Department of Corrections were initially met with claims that the state’s prisons did not employ solitary confinement, and were ultimately limited by the NV DOC’s lack of data collection on the practice. Yet all three groups knew from our work that solitary was widely used throughout Nevada’s prison system, and was in fact the norm at the state’s notorious supermax, Ely State Prison.”
Keywords: Nevada DOC, solitary confinement, isolation, segregated housing, restrictive housing, disciplinary segregation, protective segregation, administrative segregation, solitary population, mental illness, disability, people with disabilities, vulnerable populations, transgender people