Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Working to Limit Restrictive Housing: Efforts in Four Jurisdictions to Make Changes

Working to Limit Restrictive Housing: Efforts in Four Jurisdictions to Make Changes

The Association of State Correctional Administrators, and The Liman Center for Public Interest Law. Working to Limit Restrictive Housing: Efforts in Four Jurisdictions to Make Changes. Yale Law School. 2018.

This report provides excerpts from the ASCA-Liman Report, Reforming Restrictive Housing: The 2018 ASCA-Liman Nationwide Survey of Time-in-Cell. Over the course of the past several years, ASCA and the Liman Center have asked each of the correctional departments in the fifty states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and a few jail systems to answer survey questions and provide policies to understand the use of restrictive housing. Forty-three jurisdictions provided information in response to the 2017-2018 survey on the numbers of people in restrictive housing. In this report, ASCA-Liman provides first-hand accounts by correctional leaders describing their efforts to make major changes in the use of restrictive housing in Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, and Ohio. These prison administrators explain the ways in which they have revised policies, the challenges that they have faced, and the impact of their efforts.

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Key words: solitary confinement, prison isolation, restrictive housing, segregation, conditions of confinement, isolation