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Litigation in Mississippi required the Department of Corrections to ameliorate substandard conditions at the supermaximum Unit 32 of Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, remove prisoners with serious mental illness from administrative segregation and provide them with adequate treatment, and reexamine

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

This bill from the Nebraska legislature revises the Administrative Procedure Act, focusing on further collecting data and providing reviews to inmates.

The goal of the bill is to improve health services to youth in custody by preventing the use of seclusion and restraint to those under twenty years of age, while also providing for study into youths held in secure detention.