prison system http://wrkf.org en Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say http://wrkf.org/post/solitary-confinement-costs-78k-inmate-and-should-be-curbed-critics-say Former prisoners spoke about the effects of solitary confinement Tuesday, in a congressional hearing aimed at banning the treatment for some inmates. The federal push to reduce solitary confinement is being led by Sen. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:54:21 +0000 Carrie Johnson 23110 at http://wrkf.org Solitary Confinement Costs $78K Per Inmate And Should Be Curbed, Critics Say Before Lawmakers, Former Inmates Tell Their Stories http://wrkf.org/post/lawmakers-former-inmates-tell-their-stories Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>Some members of Congress are calling for a more humane prison system. They're proposing a ban on solitary confinement for certain prisoners - among them, juveniles, pregnant women, and the mentally ill. Here's Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today.<p>SENATOR RICHARD DURBIN: By reforming our solitary confinement practices, the United States can protect human rights, improve public safety, and be physically responsible. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 23042 at http://wrkf.org