Tell Your State Lawmakers to Stop Solitary Confinement

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Solitary confinement is placing someone in a cell, alone or with another person, for more than 20 hours a day, or 17 hours a day for youths in juvenile detention.

It is imposed not by a judge or jury based on someone’s offense, but administratively by corrections officers, often for behavioral issues related to mental illness. Studies have shown that solitary causes mental and physical harm, even in those who weren’t previously mentally ill. It does nothing to keep people safe, and in fact creates new public safety threats. And it is a far more prevalent practice in Virginia than is known to the public.

House Bill 1284 would end solitary confinement in Virginia prisons and juvenile detention facilities with very limited exceptions. It also would require the state Board of Corrections to take steps to end solitary in Virginia jails.

Take action now and let your state delegate and senator know that you support HB 1284 and an end to the inhumane treatment of people in the state’s care.

Message Recipients:
State Governor
Your State Senator
Your State Representative

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Your Message

Solitary confinement is a widespread practice in Virginia’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers that causes severe mental and physical harms to those who must endure it. Being placed in a cell, alone or with another person, for more than 20 hours a day, or 17 hours a day for youths in juvenile detention, is inhumane, torturous and creates public safety problems.

Solitary is imposed not by a judge or jury based on someone’s offense, but administratively by corrections officers, often for behavioral issues related to mental illness.

Please support this measure that would ensure people housed in the state’s care are treated constitutionally and humanely.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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