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Sign Our Petition to End Solitary Confinement in Connecticut
Use the form below to sign on to the following statement:
As a resident of Connecticut and a person of conscience, committed to justice for all, I oppose the use of solitary confinement in our state’s prisons and jails.
Experts estimate that tens of thousands of persons incarcerated in the U.S. criminal justice system are currently being held in solitary confinement, variously known as isolation, administrative segregation, restrictive housing. Research shows that isolated confinement can cause devastating, sometimes, irreparable trauma. Juveniles and people who are disabled or mentally ill are especially vulnerable populations. For these reasons, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, has declared that being held in isolation for more than 15 days is torture. Solitary confinement is costly to human well-being and it is also costly to taxpayers. It is significantly more expensive than keeping individuals in the general prison population.
Yet in Connecticut, we continue to confine individuals to solitary cells not only in Northern, Connecticut’s supermax prison, but in prisons and jails throughout the state. Prisoners – including those with severe mental illness – are held for more than 20 hours a day, alone or with another person, seven days a week. They may spend months, years, and, in some cases, decades in solitary confinement.
We must end the use of prolonged solitary confinement in Connecticut. We need to invest in humane alternatives that address the mental health needs of incarcerated people in ways that effectively contribute to their rehabilitation and to their successful integration back into society.
I call on Governor Lamont and Commissioner of Corrections Rollin Cook to take steps immediately towards ending prolonged solitary confinement in our state. I pledge to support Stop Solitary CT in its campaigns to end solitary confinement and to advocate for humane alternatives to long term confinement.
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