Solitary Census

Call it what you will, experts agree that solitary confinement sucks. The technicalities of terminology may seem like a small issue–on the inside, there can be dozens of names for the "hole" you're in – but for policy makers and and rule breakers, the official glossary category can have important implications for restrictions, record keeping, and reform. Here is our collection of solitary confinement policies from across the fifty states and the federal agencies.

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Florida inmates are latest in fight against mandatory solitary for death row residents

Florida inmates are latest in fight against mandatory solitary for death row residents

Recent reports of solitary’s harmful effects have helped bolster cases in multiple states where the capitally-condemned await their fates.

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In North Carolina, solitary concerns highlight the limits of policy change

In North Carolina, solitary concerns highlight the limits of policy change

Changes to North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety segregation policies in the past year have highlighted another common issue nationwide in the prison reform discussion: without adequate funding, naming the problem isn’t enough.

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Texas doesn't mince words on solitary confinement

Texas doesn’t mince words on solitary confinement

For a term as familiar as “solitary confinement,” the official record is impressively adept at calling the practice just about anything else. In Texas, though, the phrase is used and the practice utilized - a lot.

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