Vera is working to end the use of restrictive housing (also called solitary confinement or segregation) by partnering with states and local corrections agencies to implement safe and effective alternative strategies. Increasing evidence shows that restrictive housing—where people are held in a cell for 22-24 hours per day—is harmful to incarcerated people and correctional staff, and is counterproductive to the safety and security of facilities and the communities to which most incarcerated people will return. By helping corrections systems reduce and reform their use of restrictive housing, Vera further aims to improve human dignity behind bars and promote effective rehabilitation efforts for incarcerated people.

Vera is partnering with the state corrections departments of Louisiana and Washington State on this project.

Project Objectives

  • End the use of restrictive housing in its traditional form in prisons and jails across the United States, moving towards correctional practice that aligns with international standards.

  • Ensure that whenever people are separated from a prison or jail’s general population, their conditions of confinement are not isolating or harmful and provide access to socialization, programming, and treatment.