Reforms Leading to High Reduction in Maine`s SCPopulation
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After about a year and a half, Maine’s Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte, ushered in reforms leading to a 70 percent reduction in Maine’s solitary confinement population. He has justified such changes by explaining that using solitary confinement is less effective at keeping both prisoners and prison personnel safe. Not only have the reforms worked, the changes have led to increased savings. Maine’s success is now a model for states around the country.