Friday, January 20, 2017
Caged In: The "Devastating" Impact of Solitary on the Disabled
"Solitary confinement puts prisoners with physical disabilities at greater risk than inmates in the general population and should never be used unless such prisoners represent genuine security risks to themselves or others, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) study concluded.
The study... said the 'devastating psychological and physical harms' associated with solitary are compounded when deaf, blind or otherwise disabled inmates are put in that position—even when it is ordered for their safety.
The ACLU researchers said no national data was available documenting how many of the 80,000 to 100,000 inmates assigned to solitary or administrative segregation on any given day in the U.S. were physically disabled, but figures from some state corrections systems suggest the problem is increasing as the number of disabled individuals behind bars grows."
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