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Solitary Confinement

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Solitary Reform: An Unexpected Leader 
In the summer of 2007, Deputy Commissioner Emmitt Sparkman of the Mississippi Department of Corrections did what no one had done before. He tried emptying solitary cells, rather than filling them up, as a strategy to reduce prison violence. His experiment worked, catapulting Mississippi into the unexpected role of U.S. leader in state prison reform.

Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States This report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union reveals the horror of solitary confinement of youth.

Solitary Confinement: Like Gas on a Fire: NAMI Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee 6/20/2012 The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19, warning that placing individuals with severe psychiatric symptoms into solitary confinement in prisons is "akin to pouring gasoline on a fire."

NAMI Testifies on Solitary Confinement 4/03/2012 NAMI testified about damage that solitary confinement in prisons can cause to people living with mental illness. As Illinois considers closing the Tamms Supermax prison, NAMI weighs in with facts about how conditions at the prison devastate prisoners.


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