NASW Social Justice Brief urges social workers push to end solitary confinement, offers guidance to help inmates

Mar 9, 2016

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On any given day 80,000 to 100,000 inmates in U.S. prisons, jails or juvenile detention facilities are in solitary confinement.

The practice can cause long-term damage to the mental health of inmates.

This Social Justice Brief from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Solitary Confinement: A Clinical Social Work Perspective, offers and overview of this issue. It urges social workers to advocate to end this destructive practice but also offers guidance on how social workers can help inmates who are currently in solitary confinement or have experienced it.

For more information on this issue contact NASW Social Justice and Human Rights Manager Mel Wilson at