March 3

The March 2 editorial “Too alone” mentioned a number of states that have taken action to reduce the use of solitary confinement. This legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly has a bill that would provide a study into how Maryland uses this punishment, particularly with vulnerable populations such as juveniles and those with severe mental illness. The state places about 8.5 percent of prisoners into what it calls segregation, which is higher than the national average. With more states and even Congress recognizing both the financial and human toll of this practice, now is the time for Maryland to start reducing its use of segregation and prolonged isolation.  

Susan Kerin, Rockville

The writer serves on the steering committee of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights.