Spending twenty-three to twenty-four hours in a small, locked, barren, concrete room sounds traumatic enough. Imagine an individual with a psychiatric disorder having to endure what is often considered torturous and dangerous to anyone’s mental health.
Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement (MHASC) is a coalition of organizations, concerned citizens, advocates, mental health and criminal justice professionals, formerly incarcerated people and their family members, working to end the cruel practice of placing people with psychiatric disabilities in solitary confinement.
MHASC successfully advocated for the enactment of the SHU Exclusion Law, which restricts the placement of prisoners with serious mental illness in disciplinary confinement. Although the law was enacted in 2008, it did not take effect until July 1, 2011.