LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is hosting two prominent, national experts on solitary confinement, Martin Horn and Dr. Terry Kupers. On Wednesday, March 5, Horn and Kupers will speak at the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ) meeting to emphasize the importance of collecting information on Nevada’s use of solitary confinement in an interim study about detention and incarceration in Nevada. The study was part of SB 107, which both houses passed unanimously in the 2013 legislative session.
“Isolative confinement has proved a failed experiment,” said Kupers, a Professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and a psychiatrist with a background in forensics and social and community psychiatry.
“The moral authority of prison administrators derives from whether or not the prisoners believe we treat them fairly and that our actions are justifiable,” said Horn, a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and the Executive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission.
The ACLU of Nevada advocated for the passage of SB 107 at the 2013 Legislature. In addition to requiring a study about incarceration, SB 107 also restricts the use of corrective room restriction, or solitary confinement, on children.