California Agrees to Reform Solitary Confinement Practices

September 2, 2015 | by Ian Lovett | The New York Times

02solitary-master675

A legal settlement filed September 1 makes California the most recent state to overhaul its policies on solitary confinement in prisons. Nearly 3,000 prisoners were in solitary housing in the state on the date of the settlement. That number is expected to fall by more than half as many inmates held in isolation, including gang members put there due to gang affiliation only, will participate in various programs to prepare them for reintroduction into the general prison population.

A legal settlement filed September 1 makes California the most recent state to overhaul its policies on solitary confinement in prisons. Nearly 3,000 prisoners were in solitary housing in the state on the date of the settlement. That number is expected to fall by more than half as many inmates held in isolation, including gang members put there due to gang affiliation only, will participate in various programs to prepare them for reintroduction into the general prison population. Read more about the settlement here.