Saturday, January 30, 2016

Obama moves to restrict solitary confinement in the federal prison system

Citing the Kalief Browder suicide, the president late Monday announced significant reforms within the Bureau of Prisons that could affect thousands of inmates. Solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody is now banned. Guards are also now banned from using isolated detention as punishment for inmates who commit “low-level” infractions and the feds say they’ll increase care for mentally ill prisoners. The Washington Post Related: In op-ed announcing new policy, the president in personal tones also pushes for sentencing legislation. The Washington Post More: Here’s the new DOJ report on solitary confinement. Department of Justice

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