The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio have collaborated in preparing this report. They toured Ohio prisons. They interviewed dozens of prisoners, who spoke about being crushed by the conditions of solitary confinement, about their desire for effective mental health treatment and rehabilitative programming, and about the mistreatment they experience on a daily basis. They spoke with family members, people who were formerly incarcerated, and prison staff.
These stories, coupled with a review of prison data and practices in Ohio and other states, resulted in our recommendations for reform of solitary confinement in Ohio’s prisons.