Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Is Solitary Confinement reform needed in the TDCJ ? Or is the idea just an outsiders view of a more violent prison system ?
An Editorial from the Austin Statesman
Texas prison officials call it "administrative segregation." You know it as solitary confinement.
The state has implemented innovative treatment and rehabilitation programs in recent years, and some of those programs have served as a model for criminal justice reforms in other states.
But when it comes to keeping inmates in indefinite isolation, Texas remains stuck in a get-tough past.
According to state figures, 8,144 inmates are isolated from the general prison population.
The good news is, this number is a decrease from the 8,701 inmates held in solitary in 2010, which itself was a decrease from the 9,752 inmates held in isolation in 2005. Texas is at least moving in the right direction when it comes to numbers of inmates in solitary confinement....
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