Prisons Within Prisons: The Use of Segregation in the United States
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Jun. 26, 2012
ANNOTATION: This article is a great introduction to the use of solitary confinement in the United States and efforts to reduce the use of segregation. “Segregation is used for a variety of reasons, most commonly as a form of punishment for rule violations, as a way to remove prisoners from the general prison population who are thought to pose a risk to security or safety, and as a way to provide safety to prisoners believed to be at risk in the general prison population … In effect, segregation is a secondary sentence imposed by the correctional facility—one that follows long after and usually is unrelated to the conviction for which the person is incarcerated” (p. 46). Sections of this article include: the emergence of segregation in U.S. prisons; types of segregation—disciplinary segregation, administrative segregation, protective custody, temporary confinement, and supermax (or closed maximum-security) prisons; conditions of confinement in segregation; a new way forward; Vera’s Segregation Reduction Project; and making a positive change in segregation—reducing the use of segregation while ensuring institutional and public safety.