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A federal appeals court ruled in favor of a Montana prisoner rights complaint alleging that Montana State Prison fails to provide adequate mental health care, puts prisoners in conditions that mimic solitary confinement, and exacerbates mental health problems.

This 2019 Montana law creates requirements for the use of restrictive housing in adult and youth facilities, such as barring its use for pregnant or postpartum people and requiring step-down programs for individuals in segregation for more than 30 days.

This 2019 New Jersey law limits the long-term use of “isolated confinement” and prohibits its use for vulnerable populations such as youth, older people, those with disabilities, pregnant or postpartum people, and the LGBTI population.