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Maryland prisons sued over use of solitary confinement on the seriously mentally ill

A new federal lawsuit claims that Maryland prisons are unconstitutionally putting incarcerated people with serious mental illness into extended solitary confinement.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Time to reform solitary confinement

There’s an effort for reform of solitary confinement ( also known as “restrictive housing” or “administrative segregation”) in Maryland jails and prisons in the General Assembly. Senate Bill 539 (cross-filed with House Bill 786) seeks some limitations on the practice ...

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Prison officials oppose limits on restrictive housing

ANNAPOLIS — Representatives from Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services hope to reduce reliance on restrictive housing in prison facilities but voiced opposition Tuesday to a bill in the General Assembly that would severely limit its use. Inmates ...

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Advocacy groups seek changes to ‘solitary confinement’ in Md. prisons

Legislation to reduce use of restrictive housing in Maryland prisons is expected to be reintroduced in the 2018 General Assembly session because circumstances have not improved over the years the issue has been tracked, advocates said Thursday. Maryland places individuals ...

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Md. university honors journalist for reports on solitary confinement

Morgan State University has honored a Philadelphia journalist for his reporting on a black inmate who spent 37 years in solitary confinement. The historically black school in Baltimore said Thursday in a statement that reporter Mensah M. Dean humanized convicted ...

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Solitary confinement opponents see hope in Kennedy comment

WASHINGTON  — Prison reform advocates who have spent years campaigning against solitary confinement are counting on a powerful new ally in their quest to end the practice — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy took the unusual step earlier this ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: The BCDC and solitary confinement

We understand that solitary confinement may be the last resort for some prisoners, and we are not saying the all solitary confinement policies should be eliminated. However, we urge that BCDC improve its performance with juveniles in its care and we recommend strongly that Maryland’s correctional services review its use of solitary confinement with all adult prisoners, and adopt -- to the extent it has not done so already -- the recommendations of the Vera Institute report.

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