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ACLU Releases Report on Solitary Confinement Reform in Maine

Originally posted on A Solitary Torture:

March 11, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org
 

Maine’s Success Shows Reform is Both Necessary and Possible

Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement (Photo credit: BohemianDolls)

“Solitary confinement is dangerous, cruel and costly. Thankfully, a movement to reform solitary is growing quickly, and we are hopeful that other states and the federal government will join Maine in making changes that benefit everyone,” said Zachary Heiden, ACLU of Maine legal director and the author of the report. “Maine’s state motto is Dirigo, ‘I lead.’ Solitary confinement reform should be a case in point.”

Working closely with corrections officials, the ACLU of Maine, the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition and others undertook a campaign to reform solitary confinement in Maine seven years ago. Since then, Maine has reduced the population of its solitary confinement Special Management Unit (SMU) by over 70 percent.

As the report describes, in addition to reducing the overall SMU population…

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