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State officials in New York are reforming their policy of keeping people convicted of non-violent offenses in solitary confinement. Some hail the decision; others, including corrections officers, object, saying that solitary confinement is necessary to maintain control, and they say that keeping an individual in solitary confinement is not inhumane.
The founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, this activist, attorney and McArthur Genius Grant recipient has dedicated his life to fixing what many perceive as a broken justice system. He won the landmark Supreme Court case striking down life sentences for juveniles, just one issue he details in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.