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  • Change Is Possible: A Case Study of Solitary Confinement Reform in Maine

    The successful efforts of individuals to reduce the use of solitary confinement and to make the conditions found in solitary settings are described

  • A Death Before Dying: Solitary Confinement on Death Row

    The double punishment experienced by death-sentenced prisoners is documented.

  • Protecting the Rights of Transgender Parents and Their Children: A Guide for Parents and Lawyers

    “More and more transgender parents are fighting to protect their relationships with their children in the face of custody challenges.

  • Healthcare Not Handcuffs: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform

    “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets the stage for a new health-oriented policy framework to address substance use and mental health disorders.

  • Worse than Second-Class: Solitary Confinement of Women in the United States

    "More than 200,000 women are locked in jails and prisons in the United States.

  • Briefing Paper: The Dangerous Overuse of Solitary Confinement in the United States

    This is an excellent resource for understanding current findings regarding solitary confinement and the potential challenges your agency may face.

  • Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners

    "This guide identifies laws, court decisions, advocacy tips, and other resources that may be helpful for adult transgender prisoners.

  • A Confinement in Texas Solitary Failure: The Waste, Cost and Harm of Solitary

    "The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) confines 4.4 percent of its prison population in solitary confinement.