Ending Solitary Isolation: Is it within reach in Massachusetts?

This paper provides an overview of solitary confinement in Massachusetts’ prisons and jails, since 2018, with focus on the prison system administered by the Commonwealth’s Department of Correction (DOC). It reviews the research evidence that documents the psychological, physical, and community harms that result from practices of solitary isolation. And it provides evidence for why meaningful prison reform requires legislative action.

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