Solitary Confinement

Report cites progress combating use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness

Wednesday, September 21, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new report, “Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness,” on September 8, documenting the disproportionate and harmful impacts of the use…

SCORE jail, DRW collaboratively improve conditions and services for inmates with mental illness

Thursday, September 15, 2016South Correctional Entity (SCORE), a multi-jurisdictional jail located in Des Moines, WA, has worked collaboratively with the AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington since January 2015 to make swift and significant changes to improve conditions for inmates with mental…

Death penalty returns to the Supreme Court

Monday, June 27, 2016
Supreme Court Considers Death Penalty Case
For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court will review a case concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to people with intellectual disabilities. Bobby James Moore was convicted of…

Report shines light on Ohio solitary confinement practices

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Solitary Cell at SOCF*
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is isolating hundreds of people with mental illness for minor rule violations, exacerbating their underlying conditions and putting them at a serious risk of committing self-harm, Disability Rights Ohio

Ricardo | AVID Jail Project

Wednesday, March 2, 2016King County Jail (KCJ), located in Seattle, Washington, is reconsidering how it responds to inmates who attempt suicide or hurt themselves. As it stands, KCJ and many other correctional facilities all over the country punish inmates for acts of self-harm.…

California’s Santa Barbara County Jail slammed in new report

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
News from California
The Santa Barbara County Jail regularly confines people with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them basic health care and Americans with Disabilities Act protections, Disability Rights California alleged in a scathing new report [PDF], released…

Agreement reached to overhaul Oregon prison

Monday, January 25, 2016
Solitary Confinement Practices to be Improved at Oregon Prison
Disability Rights Oregon and the state Department of Corrections have reached a Memorandum of Understanding [PDF], agreeing to reduce solitary confinement and improve services for people with mental illness at…

Tallon explains what happens when jails respond to mental health symptoms with discipline rather than treatment

Thursday, January 21, 2016A man finds himself incarcerated and sentenced to spend 207 days in jail. Denied treatment for his diagnosed mental illness, his symptoms worsen and his frustration grows. The jail responds to his resulting behavior with disciplinary action. The man yells.…

Settlement to force overhaul of Illinois solitary confinement practices

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Illinois to Improve Solitary Confinement Practices
The Illinois Department of Corrections has reached a comprehensive settlement with a coalition of disability rights groups, agreeing to improve mental health services in state prison and reduce the use of solitary confinement. “Just…

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