Magazine article Corrections Forum

Finding Alternatives to Solitary

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Finding Alternatives to Solitary

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Nebraska is among several states participating in a program to reduce the use of solitary confinement in prisons. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services is one of five departments chosen by the Vera Institute of Justice to develop alternatives, according to a March article by Joe Duggan in the Omaha World-Herald. Other states with agencies participating include Oregon and North Carolina and local departments in New York and Middlesex County, New Jersey.

The two-year initiative will provide Nebraska with technical assistance to develop plans for the proper use of solitary confinement. Data analysis of the results will help drive better use of solitary in other states, according to a press release from the Vera Institute.

Scott Frakes, Nebraska's corrections director, said participating in the program will help ensure that the state's reform of solitary confinement is "focused, effective and research-based. …

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