Texas Prisons Eliminate Solitary Confinement as Punishment

Texas Prisons Eliminate Solitary Confinement as Punishment

This month Texas correctional officials eliminated the use of solitary confinement as a punishment for prison rule-breakers.

The change took effect September 1st and affects roughly 75 prisoners in punitive solitary leaving nearly 4,000 prison inmates in administrative-segregation due to gang affiliation or other security threats.

Before this change began, Texas already started drastically reducing the population in solitary confinement.  In August 2013, there were 215 inmates in punitive solitary confinement and 7,200 in administrative segregation.  Those numbers have dropped to 75 and 3,940.

The change comes in response to national debate on the use of isolated confinement.

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