Disability Rights

Solitary Confinement in Ohio Prisons


Disability Rights Ohio and the ACLU of Ohio are continuing to work for out-of-cell time for programming and other activities. Ending solitary confinement is a disability rights issue since people with disabilities are more likely to be put in solitary, and because psychological damage from solitary confinement can occur after days.

Updated 11.28.16: Over 500 Ohioans wrote to Ohio’s prisons director, Gary Mohr, demanding expansive reforms to Ohio’s use of solitary confinement, and protections for people with mental illness who are particularly vulnerable to its destructive impact.  Thanks to your advocacy, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has been removing individuals with serious mental illnesses from solitary confinement, and has continued to depopulate the most extreme levels of solitary confinement.

The ACLU of Ohio will continue working with Disability Rights Ohio to ensure that ODRC institutes further reforms and adopts formal policies that keep people with a mental illness of any kind out of solitary confinement.


Ohio is putting people in solitary confinement. Although the state doesn’t call it that.

In reality, it doesn’t matter what name is used. Whether it’s local control, disciplinary control, administrative segregation, or restrictive housing, it’s extreme isolation.

Learn more about ACLU of Ohio’s campaign to end solitary confinement in Ohio.

Semantics mean little when your life is essentially lived in a cage with no opportunity for human interaction.

The U.S. Supreme Court and almost all international human rights groups and medical professionals say solitary confinement is akin to physical and mental torture, yet the state continues the practice.

People with mental illness are routinely being placed in long-term solitary conditions in Ohio prisons with little opportunity for rehabilitation. Learn more about ACLU of Ohio’s campaign to end solitary confinement in Ohio prisons.