The deplorable state of solitary confinement in Massachusetts
WGBH - 02/22/2016
In late January, President Obama announced historic changes in how the federal prison system uses solitary confinement—or “segregation” as it is euphemistically called within Massachusetts’ prison system. He cited research showing that the practice can lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” Solitary confinement, he said, “doesn’t make us safer. It’s an affront to our common humanity.” The reforms stem from a Department of Justice (DOJ) study that sets forth best practices for correctional facilities in general, and made specific recommendations for the federal Bureau of Prisons.