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.
This 2016 document provides design and planning guidance toward the development of correctional infrastructure that meets human rights obligations.
This bill would have capped the length of disciplinary segregation at 6 weeks and banned the use of solitary confinement for individuals under age 18 and for those with serious mental illness.
This 2007 article by the International Review of the Red Cross describes how psychological methods when considered in isolation can amount to torture through their accumulation over time and their integration into the whole torture process.
This 2006 article by Dr. Terry A. Kupers describes in detail each of the ingredients needed to create madness in prisons.
This report from Disability Rights Washington discusses the extent and impact of the use of solitary confinement on the disabled population in Washington’s county jails.
The American Correctional Association finalized these standards regarding the use of restrictive housing in January 2018.
This report provides an in-depth explanation of the Disability Rights New York research and recommendations for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on their Correctional Alternative Rehabilitation Program.
This 2017 article describes the 2015 trip to Norway by officials from North Dakota’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the subsequent changes made to their system including restricted housing.
This article and video describes the experiences of people in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison.
This report by the Center for American Progress describes how the deinstitutionalization of mental health facilities led to the mass incarceration of people with serious mental illness and physical disabilities.