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Election 2020

Conditions of Confinement

Transforming prison culture and climate

Emphasize the need for transformational change in conditions of confinement.

We should create prisons that offer safety to incarcerated people, corrections staff, and administrators. We also should create conditions that keep people from returning to prison after they are released. This will entail radical change that values the dignity of everyone inside a prison’s walls and affords incarcerated people the chance to realize their potential. Among changes that should be made immediately are: ending solitary confinement, rolling back the Prison Litigation Reform Act, and achieving widespread adoption of rehabilitative jail and prison models to replace existing punitive ones.

Explore our conditions of confinement related resources below.

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Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Looking to Norway for Inspiration on Reducing the Use of Solitary Confinement

Recognized as a leader in progressive incarceration, Norway’s system is based on the idea that courts are for punishment and correctional facilities are for creating better neighbors. Correctional policies and practices center around respect for the human dignity of incarcerated people and staff. They focus primarily on rehabilitation, resocializat ...

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  • Janelle Guthrie
March 11, 2020
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Series: Addressing the Overuse of Segregation in U.S. Prisons and Jails

Corrections at a Crossroads

Ironically, prisons began as 19th century reforms—a movement away from the barbarism of public humiliation, corporal punishment, and executions. Practices like solitary confinement—pioneered at Eastern State Penitentiary and in Auburn Prison’s regime of silent, forced labor—were meant to rehabilitate incarcerated people. They reflected moralistic a ...

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  • Sebastian Johnson
    Sebastian Johnson
February 24, 2020
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