April 6, 2016
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Secretary Julie Jones last week joined criminal justice experts from around the country at Yale University for the Arthur Liman Public Interest Colloquium. The annual event, which took place on March 31st and April 1st, focused on reform projects underway in various areas of the criminal justice system. Secretary Jones’s focus was on the panel on restrictive housing, widely viewed as one of the most important issues facing criminal justice reform today. Two decades after the rapid expansion of special long-term isolation units, industry experts and leaders share a commitment to reducing both the number of individuals held in isolation and the degrees of isolation while still addressing the issues that warrant the separation of certain inmates from the general population.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “With 80,000 to 100,000 inmates subject to restrictive housing in the United States today, it is important that we take into serious consideration the challenges faced by this practice along with the realities that necessitate it. I welcomed the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts and will proactively apply the lessons learned to ensuring the safety and accountability of our inmates and staff.”
Yale Law School’s Liman Program sponsors the annual Public Interest Colloquium, which brings together advocates, scholars and students from across the country for two days of discussion.
For more information on Close Management within FDC, please visit: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/inmates/cm.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.