When members of SWASC advocate against solitary confinement of prisoners, they are often met with expressions of concern about releasing “the worst of the worst”, and ask about what humane alternatives are available.
The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), a national organization of prison directors and administrators has made a commitment to “limit or end extended isolation” in American prisons by providing humane alternatives to ALL prisoners in The Liman 2015 Report and Alternatives to Prolonged Solitary Confinement.
In his essay for the Yale Law Journal , author Joseph Lobel wrote the following conclusion about the Report:
The ASCA-Liman Report has done a tremendous public service in demonstrating the vast numbers of prisoners held for lengthy periods of time in harsh solitary confinement, and even more of a service in calling for limits on—and an eventual end to—this practice. Justice Kennedy’s Davis v. Ayala concurrence has provided a potential legal framework to do so, and alternatives to prolonged isolation are increasingly available for study and emulation. The Report should provide momentum to actualize these alternatives, and to convince prison officials, the public, and the courts that prolonged solitary confinement is no longer morally or legally acceptable. It should be prohibited as a form of torture.
Alternatives to Solitary Confinement and the ASCA-Liman Report