Solitary Confinement Study Approved but Lacks Funding

Last year, lawmakers approved and Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that requires a detailed review of the use of solitary confinement in Texas prisons.

Four months after the measure became law, though, the committee charged with hiring an independent party to study solitary confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice hasn’t met and has no intention to.

“The oversight committee is not funded or active,” said Larance Coleman, policy director for the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

Now, advocacy organizations are working to find dollars to pay for the study they say is critical to understanding how ...

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