. ‘More Respect and Dignity’: New Prison Reform Initiative Aims to Lower Indigenous Incarceration « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE – In North Dakota, a new partnership between the state’s Department of Corrections and a grassroots organization led by formerly incarcerated Native Americans plans to transform the prison system with one core principle: dignity. Beginning in January 2022, North Dakota’s four prisons will undergo change ranging from reinventing solitary confinement cells into bright and open living quarters, training staff in cultural awareness and historic trauma, mentoring youth workshops led by formerly incarcerated people of color, and softening policy to allow inmates agency to perform basic human tasks, like turning off and on lights in their rooms and allowing visiting family into their rooms.

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