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The Crime and Justice Institute was recently awarded a $2.8 million federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to help state correctional agencies implement reforms intended to safely reduce the use of restrictive housing in prisons through updated and innovative changes to training, policies, and practices.

“We are excited to continue our restrictive housing technical assistance to states with the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance,” Barbara Pierce, CJI’s director of justice initiatives, said. “Prison systems have made tremendous progress in the last five years. Yet, there is much work left to do. We look forward to assisting corrections leaders and staff to continue to safely reduce the use of restrictive housing.”

The goals of BJA’s Restrictive Housing Technical Assistance Program are to:

  1. Provide support and assistance to correctional agencies that are ready to implement reforms
  2. Develop practices for correctional agencies to use in collecting and analyzing data to measure the impact of reforms
  3. Create resources based on national implementation efforts that will be made available to correctional agencies and facilities engaged in or considering restrictive housing reform


State departments of correction are invited to apply to participate in the Restrictive Housing Reform Implementation Assistance Program by June 24, 2022 to receive up to two years of training and technical assistance. Please contact Barbara Pierce at for more information.

Click here to learn more about CJI’s work in institutional corrections and restrictive housing.