Cruel But Not Unusual: Solitary Confinement in Washington's County 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.

Report

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Media Coverage

Seattle PI: No place to be sick: When jail cell becomes a death chamber
Crosscut: State resorts to housing mentally ill in solitary
El Sol de Yakima: Informe: Condado de Yakima aísla a reos con discapacidades, son tratados de manera injusta (translation: Yakima County isolates inmates with disabilities, treats them unfairly)
Yakima Herald: Report says Yakima County jail inmates with disabilities not being treated fairly
NPR: Solitary Confinement Widely Used in Washington Jails Says Report

More Information about the AVID Jail Project

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