Lawmakers want to limit use of prison solitary confinement

Lawmakers want to limit use of prison solitary confinement
The bill also addresses improving conditions for inmates separated from the general population. (Source: MS Dept. of Corrections issues statewide lockdown; Raycom image bank)

WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Several lawmakers including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) have introduced legislation to reduce the Federal Bureau of Prison use of solitary confinement.

The bill also addresses improving conditions for inmates separated from the general population.

“The goal of our criminal justice system should be to rehabilitate offenders and prepare them for successful reentry into our society, but the overuse of solitary confinement undermines this objective, causing psychological harm that is difficult, if not impossible, to undo,” said Durbin. “I’ve had the opportunity to hear directly from men like Anthony Graves, who spent 16 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn’t commit, about the devastating toll of isolation, and that’s why I’m certain of the need to restrict solitary confinement to cases where it is absolutely necessary.”

The bill also improves access to mental health services, provides resources to state and local jurisdictions, protects inmates’ civil rights and bans the practice of placing LGBTQ inmates in solitary confinement as a means of protection.

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