Vera Senior Fellow Angela Browne is quoted in this feature article by Seattle Times Reporter Jonathan Martin that explores how Washington State's prisons are at the forefront of a national re-examination of solitary confinement. Their new approach, with a greater emphasis on rehabilitation, aims to calm behavior in prison and reduce violent behavior upon release.
Angela Browne of the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan think tank, said Washington is on the edge of a national wave that is causing prison systems to rethink solitary confinement.
Financial pressures from the recession have contributed, because such units are so expensive. "And there's a willingness to not just say, 'Punish punish punish, they deserve it,' " she said.