Solitary confinement for brief periods is occasionally necessary to protect the safety of both people who are incarcerated and the staff responsible for them. However, absent appropriate limitations, it is subject to being used too frequently.

Marc Levin, Right on Crime’s vice president of criminal justice, explains how solitary confinement policies can and should be carefully scrutinized — and how growing research and recent experience suggest that there are less-damaging alternatives to prolonged solitary confinement.