Lawmakers Step Up Efforts to Reduce Solitary Confinement

AUSTIN - After reducing the number of prison convicts in solitary confinement by nearly half in the past decade, Texas officials are now looking to cut the total even more by providing specialized treatment for offenders who have mental health issues.

Under a new initiative that officials say has proven successful so far, the goal is to improve the offenders' mental health enough to return them to regular cellblocks instead of isolation cells known as "administrative segregation."

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