The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a report detailing the harms solitary confinement causes to prisoners with disabilities across the country. The report, “Caged In,” spotlights the dangers for blind people, Deaf people, people who are unable to walk without assistance, and people with other physical disabilities who are being held in small cells for 22 hours a day or longer, for days, months, and even years.
In their blog, the ACLU details the experiences of DRO Board Member Dean Westwood when he was incarcerated at Oregon’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
They then placed him alone in an isolated medical cell for approximately seven days. Without the means he needed for assistance in moving around, Dean lay flat on his back in an isolation cell. He endured painful convulsions because the jail failed to provide him with his medically necessary anti-seizure medication.
DRO has previously released a report on conditions for prisoners with mental illness at Oregon State Penitentiary’s Behavioral Health Unit.