President Obama Calls for Reform of Solitary Confinement
In response to recommendations from the U.S. Department of Justice, President Obama is ordering the federal prison system to ban solitary confinement for juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions, expand treatment for the mentally ill and increase the amount of time inmates in solitary can spend outside of their cells. These steps will affect some 10,000 federal prisoners held in solitary confinement, and serve as a model for state and local corrections systems. The president announced the reforms in a Jan. 25 editorial in the Washington Post.
The DOJ Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restricted Housing details these and other recommendations for safely reducing the use of this practice.