August 11, 2015

ACTION ALERT: Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2015

On July 29, 2015, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) introduced H.R. 3399, the Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill to develop and implement national standards for the use of solitary confinement.

Please join us in urging your Representative to support this bill.

The Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2015 would:

• Establish the National Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Commission to work with all key stakeholders to study the practice of solitary confinement and recommend best practices for reform to Congress and the Administration

• Require the Department of Justice to issue regulations on best practices in this area that would bind facilities in the Federal prison system and incentivize changes in behavior in state and local prison systems

• Bring about significant changes to the way incarcerated persons with mental illness and youth are designated for solitary confinement

It is critical that people of faith continue to make our call for human rights and an end to the torture of solitary confinement heard at the federal level. Our religious traditions compel us to seek community, connection and repair. The torture of isolated confinement violates our collective dignity as a society and makes a mockery of our stated commitments to human rights.

We invite you to write to your Representative today and ask them to support this important bill using the sample email NRCAT has prepared here.

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