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US prison directors’ group calls for reduced use of solitary confinement

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4765
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1 Seattle

The leading organization of US prison administrators has described the prolonged isolation of individuals in solitary confinement in US jails and prisons as a “grave problem” and called for the measure to be used less frequently and for the conditions in which isolated prisoners are held to be improved.

The Association of State Correctional Administrators said in a statement, “The insistence on change comes not only from legislators across the political spectrum, judges, and a host of private sector voices, but also from the directors of correctional systems at both state and federal levels.”

The statement coincided with the publication of a report by the association and the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, on the number of prisoners held in solitary confinement nationwide and the conditions in which they are held.1

The report estimated that in 2014 some 80 000 to 100 000 people were held in …

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