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A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

May 30, 2018, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A National Movement to End the Overuse of Solitary Confinement

Free. Reception to follow.

Segregated housing in prisons and jails—also commonly known as solitary confinement, restricted housing, or isolation—is a growing fiscal, safety, and human rights concern for corrections departments in the United States.

Eastern State Penitentiary partners with the Vera Institute of Justice to present a panel discussion of correctional leaders, mental health professionals, reform advocates, directly impacted individuals, and other trailblazers who have been leading the way in reducing the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails:

  • Shirley Moore Smeal, Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Rick Raemisch, Director, Colorado Department of Corrections
  • Craig Haney, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prisons Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Moderated by Sara Sullivan, Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice's Center on Sentencing and Corrections. Remarks from Jörg Jesse, Director General, Prison and Probation Administration, Ministry of Justice, Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania, Germany.

Vera's Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative partners with corrections systems to reduce their reliance on segregated housing though the advancement of safe and effective alternatives. Learn more at SafeAlternativesToSegregation.org.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.


For more events like this one, check out Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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