Michigan Department of Corrections
Conditions & Oversight
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The Open MI Door campaign recognizes MDOC employees commonly experience trauma and harm while working within the prisons. We are seeking input and solutions from current and former employees on how we can improve the conditions for all impacted individuals.
Solitary: The Family Experience
Despite its name, “solitary
confinement” impacts more than just the person on the inside. Family members
suffer greatly when a loved one is sent to isolated confinement for more than 20 hours a day.
We would like to invite those who have experienced solitary confinement in Michigan to share your story and offer solutions.
Solitary: A Public Health Crisis
Solitary Confinement is a risk factor for negative health outcomes for those living and working inside and in our communities.
The goal of the Open MI Door campaign is to end solitary confinement in all Michigan prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities, bringing our state into full compliance with the UN’s Mandela Rules.
We define solitary confinement for adults as confinement for more than 20 hours per day, alone or with a cellmate, without meaningful human contact.
We define solitary for youth as involuntary confinement alone in a cell, room, or other area for more than 4 hours.