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Reduce Prolonged Solitary Confinement in Maryland
According to a recent report from the Maryland Department of Correctional Services, over 8% of the prison population is confined to administrative or disciplinary segregation (solitary). The national average is 4%. The average length of stay in segregation in Maryland prisons is 125 days. ---Psychologists and Human Rights lawyers urge that no one should be in solitary for more than 15 days. There are humane and effective alternatives to solitary confinement/segregation.
We call upon state legislators and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to take steps to reduce prolonged solitary confinement/segregation.
IAHR along with its partners Out for Justice and ACLU-MD, is submitting one bill to the 2016 Maryland Legislative Session. The bill is called a "Reporting Bill.” The bill mandates that the Maryland Department of Correctional Services report every year the number of prisoners in segregation (solitary), the number of prisoners in segregation who have a mental illness, their average length of stay, the number of juveniles in segregation and their average length of stay, and the number of prisoners who have been released from prison directly from segregation. In the past, the Department of Corrections has refused to give out such information. The first step to reform is to legislate greater transparency from the Department of Corrections.
IAHR and its partners are currently advocating for this bill. We urge you to support these efforts by joining by signing the petition or by contacting your Senator and Delegate indicating your support for the bill.