Groups call for Nevada prisons to limit use of solitary time

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Advocacy groups are calling for Nevada state prisons to scale back on using long periods of solitary confinement and to limit it to cases involving security concerns.

An American Civil Liberties Union study, released Monday, also calls for improving conditions in solitary confinement and removing mentally ill inmates from segregated housing.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the study comes less than a week after a state Corrections Department official told state lawmakers that mentally ill inmates were routinely housed in prison segregation units, sometimes for up to five years.

The ACLU was joined in the study by the groups Solitary Watch and the Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center.

They say prison officials failed to properly study the use of segregation, as required by the 2013 state Legislature.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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