Bureau of Prisons to assess solitary confinement practices

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to a comprehensive and independent assessment of its use of solitary confinement in the nation’s federal prisons.

This first-ever review of federal segregation policies comes after Senator Dick Durbin chaired a hearing last year on the human rights, fiscal and public safety consequences of solitary confinement. Jack Beck, the director of the Correctional Association’s Prison Visiting Project, provided testimony last year for that hearing, outlining the extensive and expanding abuse of solitary confinement in New York prisons and its devastating impact, particularly on those suffering from mental illness.

Read more about this important development in a press release issued by the office of Senator Dick Durbin on February 4, 2013.