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Stop Using Solitary Confinement to Curb Spread of COVID-19

NASW has joined a coalition of more than 100 medical experts, human rights organizations, and faith-based organizations in issuing a letter calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue guidelines restricting the use of punitive and prolonged solitary confinement as a form of pandemic response at the federal, state, and local levels. “NASW has called on the policymakers to implement steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in adult and juvenile jails and prisons, and using prolonged solitary confinement is not the answer,” says NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “Policymakers must enact sound, science-based measures to protect vulnerable populations in jails and prisons so inmates do not contract COVID-19 and spread it when they return to their communities.”

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