Abolish Solitary Confinement
Solitary confinement is holding a prisoner in isolation in a cell or other confined space for a prolonged period. The United Nations and other humanitarian agencies recognize that solitary confinement is a form of torture that dehumanizes prisoners, causes trauma, and frequently leads to mental illness and even suicide. It is also a punishment disproportionately inflicted on people of color. HB 1756 would restrict use of solitary confinement to cases where such confinement is needed to prevent a substantial risk of immediate serious harm. The bill does not go as far as it should, but it is a big step in the right direction.