Cruel But Not Unusual: Solitary Confinement in WA Jails


Solitary confinement in Washington’s county jails disproportionately affects people with disabilities. Many jails go so far as to place inmates with disabilities in solitary confinement because of their disability. This report describes the harmful effects of solitary confinement on people with disabilities, provides overview of the disproportionate and discriminatory placement of people with disabilities in solitary confinement in Washington’s county jails, and identifies best practices and recommendations for reform. 

Cruel But Not Unusual:  Text only report

Cruel But Not Unusual:  PDF report

Media Coverage

December 12, 2016: Crosscut - State resorts to housing mentally ill in solitary

November 16, 2016: NPR - Solitary Confinement Widely Used in Washington Jails Says Report

November 21, 2016: Yakima Herald - Report says Yakima County jail inmates with disabilities not being treated fairly

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