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Segregation in Prisons: Best Practices

Segregating inmates is an overused practice to manage problematic offender behavior. Segregation, also known as solitary confinement or administrative segregation, is the isolation of an offender in a separate cell. It is commonly used to prevent high-risk, justice involved individuals from escaping, protect these individuals from harming others, or as a disciplinary response for behavioral misconduct within jail or prison settings due to punishment or protective custody. Through the years, in the United States, litigation at the state level has prompted a call for reform leading to a decrease in the use of segregation. Studies from states that have reduced the use of segregation have found no increase in violence and in some cases experienced a decrease in institutional violence. Those states have also saved ...

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