DecARcerate's Campaign to End Solitary seeks to end Arkansas' practice of extreme isolation, replacing it with program-rich evidence-based alternatives.
Together we will change
the false narrative that we need solitary confinement
Together we will end the practice of solitary confinement in Arkansas
Together we will replace solitary confinement with incentive based, program-rich alternatives.
ABOUT SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
Solitary confinement is the process by which individuals are kept isolated for 23-24 hours a day in a 6 by 9 foot cell with limited human interaction and little constructive activity.
Solitary confinement has repeatedly been called "torture" and "a violation of human rights" by the United Nations. Being subjected to solitary confinement can drastically deteriorate a person's psychological condition, resulting in hallucinations,
panic attacks, depression, self harm, loss of memory, mood swings and suicide. Approximately 50% of prison suicides occur among the 4% of people in solitary confinement.
Despite this fact, the Arkansas Department of Correction recently added 400 additional solitary confinement cells, meaning that at any given time, up to 16% of Arkansas' prison population could be housed in isolation.
Furthermore, solitary confinement is ineffective. Despite, the Arkansas Department of Correction pointing to isolation as a way of curbing violence within prisons, all across the country, states that have reduced their use of solitary confinement have seen a decrease in prison violence up to 75%.