Prison officials in Colorado had a big realization recently: that they were putting too many inmates in solitary confinement and, in many cases, for too long. Colorado’s been among states with the highest proportion of prisoners in what’s known, officially, as “administrative segregation.” Now, many of them are being moved out. We get some background on solitary confinement in a report from CPR’s Andrea Dukakis. Then, Ryan Warner speaks with James Austin, a national prison expert who conducted a review of Colorado's approach to administrative segregation.

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