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In Solitary Confinement and On Death Row

July 23, 2013 10:31:00 am

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The overwhelming majority of states house death row prisoners in solitary confinement, --with more than 3,000 prisoners in solitary in 35 states--subject to harsh conditions and an isolated existence due to their sentences not  their prison behavior, says a new report, "A Death Before Dying: Solitary Confinement on Death Row" released by the ACLU today.

Human contact for death row is generally restricted to brief interactions with corrections officers and, for some prisoners, occasional encounters with healthcare providers or attorneys, the report says. An overwhelming majority of states do not allow death row prisoners to have access to work or employment opportunities, or provide access to educational or vocational programming of any kind. Most inmates will not see or touch their family members while they are confined. Yet, 142 inmates, as of July 2013, were found innocent after years on death row.

The report offers recommendations to highlight and reform conditions of solitary confinement on death row.

Read the report here.

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