This 2012 report from the American Friends Service Committee is the first effort to directly link conditions in Arizona’s supermax prisons with the state’s high recidivism rate.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Guidance Document on the Nelson Mandela Rules (Warsaw, Poland: OSCE, 2018). This document provides guidance for the implementation of minimum standards for the treatment of people in prison. It incorporates existing international legal and
On May 30, 2018, the Safe Alternatives to Segregation (SAS) Initiative and Eastern State Penitentiary hosted a public event called ‘A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement’ in Philadelphia, PA. This well-attended event included a panel discussion of correctional
Most correctional scholars and policy makers agree that prison authorities should use restrictive housing less, yet few studies exist to provide guidance on how to do so while also ensuring institutional order. This study advances the idea that proactively providing
The Minnesota state government conducted a study on time spent in segregation, direct release to the community, and the impacts of these factors on recidivism.
This 2009 study from two researchers at Florida State University examines recidivism data from the Florida Department of Corrections.
The Correctional Association of New York visited nearly every disciplinary housing unit in New York state. This report from 2003 summarizes their findings.
Prison healthcare professionals work in a unique clinical environment designed to punish rather than to heal. Amid global calls for penal reform, healthcare professionals have an ethical responsibility to speak out about correctional practices that endanger health and human rights.
In October 2017, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Rick Raemisch, contributed an op-ed to the New York Times describing how and why the state ended the practice of long term administrative segregation. By adopting alternatives to
In January 2018, Canada took important steps regarding the overuse of segregation, also known as solitary confinement, when the courts decided on two separate court cases. One legal challenge from the Ontario government will no longer place people with mental
Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative partnered with five local and state corrections agencies to assess their policies and practices, analyze data, and provide recommendations for safely reducing the use of restrictive housing in their systems.