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Massachusetts Eliminates Solitary Confinement in Prisons

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This file photo shows a solitary confinement cell called "the bing," at New York's Rikers Island jail. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
This file photo shows a solitary confinement cell called "the bing," at New York's Rikers Island jail. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections says it will eliminate solitary confinement in all of its prisons over the next three years.

The move follows an independent report that called for ending so-called "restrictive housing" in state prisons.

We speak with WBUR senior correspondent Deborah Becker about the decision and other reform measures the Department of Corrections is adopting.

This segment aired on June 30, 2021.

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