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Almost 50,000 people held in solitary confinement in the US, report finds

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Nearly 50,000 people were held in solitary confinement in prison systems across the United States last year, according to a new report.

The report, titled "Time-In-Cell: A 2021 Snapshot of Restrictive Housing," was co-authored by the Correctional Leaders Association and the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law at Yale Law School. Solitary confinement is often referred to in the prison system as “restrictive housing,” and is defined in the report as isolation for 22 hours or more on average a day for 15 days or more.

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