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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

18 November 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Following an ACLU-led civil-rights lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Department of Correction has implemented huge changes to the treatment of death row inmates. In prisons across the state, individuals who have been sentence...

The City

Reuven Blau

Rosa Goldensohn

19 August 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Solitary confinement was once thought of as one of the only effective punishments for violent prison inmates. As more research surfaces showing the severe damage it does to mental health, the racial bias of those plac...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

24 March 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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The use of solitary confinement, or administrative segregation, in prisons is facing pushback across the country. In Alabama, a federal judge tasked the Department of Corrections to investigate how other states are re...

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Cheryl Corley

31 July 2018

North Dakota, United States

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Prison officials in North Dakota have revamped solitary confinement, inspired in part by Norway's system, which focuses on “punishment that works.” There is much less focus on using isolation to punish small infractio...

Pacific Standard

Molly McCluskey

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5 April 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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Solitary Confinement on youth can be extremely emotionally damaging. The practice is also costly, and can lead to expensive lawsuits. Yet, a slew of states and youth detention centers are trying to reduce the time you...

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Dee J. Hall

12 June 2016

Colorado, United States

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Solitary confinement has long been shown to exacerbate mental health problems and is considered to be inhumane for long periods of time. Colorado is taking steps to reduce the amount of time prisoners spend in isolati...

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Rebecca McCray

29 April 2016

Huntsville, Texas, United States

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Solitary confinement is a widespread practice in jails to protect marginalized populations and mentally ill as well as separate gang members from conspiring. However, the practice has widespread negative effects such ...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

7 January 2016

Alger, Michigan, United States

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New programs aim to ease inmates out of years of solitary confinement by passing them through different "stages," each with different behavioral requirements and rewards. It's an approach that allows inmates to gradua...

The New York Times

Erica Goode

10 March 2012

Mississippi, United States

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A positive transformation in a Mississippi prison has become a focal point for a growing number of states rethinking the use of long-term isolation. Humanitarian groups have long argued that solitary confinement has d...

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