California jails use kinder approach to solitary confinement
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More than a quarter of U.S. states and numerous smaller jurisdictions are looking for ways to reduce the use of solitary confinement which encourages alternatives to a practice, behavioral experts say is dehumanizing and can worsen mental illness. The new policies in California came after Prison Law Office sued seven of California’s 58 counties, alleging that conditions had grown inhumane as jails absorbed inmates who previously would have served their sentences in state prisons.