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Administrative segregation

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

This briefing paper provides an overview of the excessive use of solitary confinement in the U.S. and strategies for safely restricting its use.

Entombed: Isolation in the US Federal Prison System

This report describes Amnesty International’s concerns about conditions of severe isolation at the United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum facility in Colorado. It also examines conditions in Special Management Units and Security Housing Units operated at other federal prison facilities.

A Death Before Dying: Solitary Confinement on Death Row

This briefing paper offers a first critical overview of solitary confinement on death row.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Colorado’s Continued Warehousing of Mentally Ill Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

This report examines past and continued use of solitary confinement by the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) to manage mentally ill prisoners.

Administrative Segregation, Degrees of Isolation, and Incarceration: A National Overview of State and Federal Correctional Policies

This report provides an overview of state and federal policies related to long-term isolation of inmates, a practice common in the United States.

The High Cost of Solitary Confinement

This fact sheet covers what it costs to house an inmate in solitary confinement.

Supermax Prisons and the Constitution: Liability Concerns in the Extended Control Unit

This monograph will help prisons operate ultra-high-security facilities in a way that minimizes liability in litigation.


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