Facts & Stats: Solitary confinement in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels. SOURCE: judiciary.senate.gov

Editor’s note: These statistics are compiled from the written and oral testimony of Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on Feb. 25, 2014: 

  • Approximately 9,400 inmates in solitary confinement or “restrictive housing”; 15% of those inmates are held in solitary for 90 days or longer
  • 197 women (or 1.4% of the female inmate population) in “restrictive housing” or solitary confinement
  • 42,000 inmates are held in private prisons, residential re-entry centers, local jails, or home confinement


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