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.
I call upon state legislators and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to take steps to reduce prolonged solitary confinement/segregation.
Please sign the petition below which will be forwarded to legislators in Annapolis.