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Logan Correctional Center

Security fences surround the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Logan Correctional Center.

Seth Perlman

Logan Correctional Center

Security fences surround the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Logan Correctional Center.

Seth Perlman

Chicago lawyers group wants to limit solitary confinement use in Illinois

Hundreds of people across the state can be found in solitary confinement - or restrictive housing - for spans ranging from 10 days to more than 12 years.

Security fences surround the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Logan Correctional Center.

Seth Perlman

   

The report from the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and other groups finds that hundreds of people across the state are in solitary confinement on any given day and that stays can range from 10 days to more than 12 years.

But change may be on the horizon. The Illinois General Assembly is considering legislation that would restrict solitary confinement.

Reset learns more from two groups behind the report.

GUESTS: David Shapiro, executive director, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

James Swansey, policy manager, Restore Justice

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