Yale Law Journal Publishes Jules Lobel on ASCA-Liman Report on Solitary Confinement

Pitt Law Professor Jules Lobel, an expert in prisoner rights, published his latest essay in the Yale Law Journal covering the issues raised by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) regarding prolonged isolation of prisoners.

"Solitary confinement has been greatly overused in this country," Lobel writes. "It unnecessarily isolates, for extended periods, prisoners who, for example, have committed minor disciplinary infractions, are mentally ill, or are affiliated with a gang despite having committed no serious violence. My own experience with Ohio and California prisons supports the conclusion that an overwhelming majority of the thousands of people warehoused in administrative segregation could be safely released to the general population. In fact, that is exactly what those two states have done."

Lobel was the lead attorney in a landmark solitary confinement case representing prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison in California. In September 2015, California settled to overhaul the use of solitary confinement in its prisons. The settlement affects thousands of inmates in solitary confinement.

Read more in "The Liman Report and Alternatives to Prolonged Solitary Confinement" in the Yale Law Journal.

Jules Lobel is the Bessie McKee Walthour Endowed Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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