Professor Michael Mushlin on prison reform

Pace Law Professor Michael Mushlin is available to speak to the press about prison reform and the recent Congressional hearings. Prof. Mushlin, an expert on the use of solitary confinement, presented testimony at the hearings entitled, “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences.”

“Currently, tens of thousands of prisoner in the United States are held in solitary confinement. Many have been there for years on end. This practice is not humane, useful or compatable with American values which holds that there is never justification for prison conditions that cause mental torture. It is a mistake to think that these kinds of conditions do not directly affect us. The overwhelming majority of prisoners return to the community. Prisons can fulfull their legtimate function without solitary confinement. There are alternatives that will reduce the numbers of people in isolation to a tiny fraction of those currently held, will improve the conditions for people who must be isolated, and will make prisons safer for prison staff, the public and for prisoners.”

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