Nevada bill aims to curb solitary confinement

This comes from the Las Vegas Sun, there are whole prison sections locked down in two prisons in Nevada: Ely State Prison and High Desert State Prison have only a few units of “general population”, no wonder that “prison officials say the definition of solitary confinement would hamper regular prison operations”: solitary confinement in Nevada IS regular prison operation!! PLEASE SUPPORT THIS LAW!

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement amid concerns it has lasting, adverse effects on inmates.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard arguments on SB107 Wednesday.

The proposal would ban the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure for children or adults in jail or prison. It would be allowed only if all other options failed and the inmate is deemed a danger to themselves or others.

If solitary confinement is used, the bill says it must only be for the minimum time necessary. The bill defines solitary confinement as isolation in a cell for more than 16 hours per day.

Prison officials say the definition of solitary confinement would hamper regular prison operations.

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