Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative

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There is increasing evidence that the use of segregation in prisons and jails—sometimes referred to as solitary confinement or restricted housing—produces unwanted and harmful outcomes for the mental and physical health of those in isolation, the well-being of staff, facility safety, corrections budgets of jurisdictions that rely on the practice, and the public safety of the communities to which most will return. Through this blog series Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails, bloggers of various perspectives—from corrections officials and academic experts to advocates and formerly incarcerated people—will examine the issues presented by the use of segregated housing and discuss promising strategies for reform. Many of the bloggers are staff from Vera’s Segregation Reduction Project and members of Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Advisory Council.

For more information and resources, visit the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Resource Center.


Achieving consensus on reform of solitary confinement

February 24, 2016
By Martin Horn

Martin HornLast fall, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with support from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, convened a colloquium including 15 corrections agency heads and a like number of experts from the community of those seeking to reform the use of social isolation, often called “solitary confinement,”.... READ MORE »



Federal reforms to solitary confinement build on progress in states, and provide opportunities for continued reforms

February 2, 2016
By Jessa Wilcox

David CloudOver the past few years, there has been a groundswell of support for reforming the use of solitary confinement—also known as segregation or restrictive housing—in prisons and jails. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice pushed the movement for reform forward with the release of a report that lays out a set of guiding principles.... READ MORE »



How the movement to end solitary confinement may shed light on how to address mass incarceration

December 16, 2015
By David Cloud

David CloudIn the United States, there are between 80,000 and 100,000 people confined to prison cells the size of parking spots and exposed to extreme conditions of social isolation, sensory deprivation, and idleness for days, months, years, and even decades at a time—a human rights crisis that is not making our communities safer.... READ MORE »



New blog series addressing the overuse of segregation in U.S. prisons and jails

December 2, 2015
By Sara Sullivan and Elena Vanko

Segregation, also referred to as solitary confinement or restricted housing, is a practice widely used in U.S. prisons and jails. The number of people held in segregated housing is estimated to be as high as 80,000 to 100,000. There is increasing evidence that such solitary confinement produces unwanted and harmful outcomes.... READ MORE »