Settlement mandates overhaul of Arizona solitary confinement practices

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Settlement mandates overhaul of Arizona solitary confinement practices

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Two minutes and thirty-eight seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above


In 2012, a group of attorneys and advocates lead by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the Prison Law Office filed a class-action lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court. The parties have since settled. The settlement requires the state to implement a variety of limitations on its solitary confinement procedures and to improve health care and other services for inmates with mental illness.

Review Questions

According to the settlement, how many hours per week out of their cells must inmates in solitary be afforded?


According to estimates from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, How many people are being held in solitary confinement in the United States?


According to the Arizona Republic, how many “preventable deaths” occurred behind bars in Arizona during 2010 and 2011?


Free Writing Prompt

Do you think people should be subjected to solitary confinement? Why?


Do you think its fair for inmates with mental illness to be punished with solitary confinement? Why?


What do you think you would do if you had to spend 22 hours a day in a solitary confinement cell?