Oregon Prison Tackles Solitary Confinement With Blue Room Experiment
"Oregon's most incorrigible prisoners spend 23 hours, 20 minutes a day
alone in cells deep inside a sprawling prison complex near Ontario....
Prison officials across the United States have spent the last few
years debating how to help tens of thousands of prisoners cope in
solitary confinement, the housing of last resort for violent, combative,
or escape-prone inmates. Many human rights groups condemn the highly
restrictive cells as an incubator for mental illness.
About 19 months ago, Snake River officials turned for help from an
offbeat source, a globetrotting forest ecologist more familiar with the
canopies of Costa Rica's rainforests than the internal struggles of
prisoners kept month after month in isolated quarters.
What emerged was a one-of-a-kind sanctuary known as the Blue Room."
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