TA Coalition Webinar: The Humane Imperative: Ending Solitary Confinement
Studies show that prolonged solitary confinement or other types of segregation in correctional settings impacts in a profoundly negative way the mental health of inmates. Placement in solitary confinement lasts for weeks, months or even years at a time. In some states, it is reported that more than half of all inmates in facilities utilizing the most extreme forms of solitary confinement and social isolation are diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. For people with pre-existing mental illness, it is almost a surefire way to worsen symptoms and exacerbate suffering.
This webinar will focus on national efforts to reform the use of solitary confinement in jails and prisons and on alternative strategies that have emerged for addressing the mental health treatment needs of individuals who are incarcerated. Speakers will highlight the role of mental health providers and systems in helping people cope with the effects of solitary confinement and prolonged isolation during incarceration and upon reentry into communities.
- · Ron Honberg, Senior Policy Advisor, NAMI (Moderator)
- · Amy Fettig, Deputy Director, National Prison Project (NPP), ACLU
- · Terry A. Kupers, M.D., M.S.P., Institute Professor Emeritus, The Wright Institute, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.