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For Immediate Release
Contact: Max Gleischman
February 11, 2014

Hearing to Examine Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences of Prison Segregation

Washington, D.C. – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that he will chair a second hearing on the use of solitary confinement in American prisons, jails and detention centers on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will begin at 2:30pm ET in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The hearing, entitled “Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences,” will examine the widespread use of solitary confinement – also known as segregation or isolation – for federal, state, and local prisoners and detainees.. The United States now holds far more prisoners in solitary than any other democratic nation.

In June 2012, Senator Durbin chaired the first-ever Congressional hearing on solitary confinement. The hearing featured expert testimony on promising reform efforts that have reduced the use of solitary confinement, while also lowering prison violence and recidivism rates, and saving millions of dollars.  More information on that hearing can be found here.

This follow-up hearing will explore developments since the 2012 hearing, and what more should be done to curb the overuse of solitary confinement while controlling costs, protecting human rights, and improving public safety.

Who:                     Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin
What:                   Hearing
Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences
When:                  Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2:30pm ET
Where:                 Room 226

Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.