By RAY WILBUR
Capital News Service
LANSING — Prison reform advocates worry that the lack of policies for solitary confinement in Michigan prisons has exacerbated violence and mental health problems among inmates. Michigan has no age or time limits for putting inmates in administrative segregation, commonly known as solitary confinement. And while almost half the states ban solitary confinement for juveniles, Michigan does not. “We need to have some sort of blanket reform here,” said Kristen Staley, deputy director of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency. “This is a big fight, but it has to happen.”
Some prisons have tried to reduce the use of solitary, said Staley.