This Mental Health Campaign Aims to Change Solitary Confinement

By: Katherine Pendrill - Oct 15, 2015
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University of Utah biologist Nalini Nadkarni recently came up with an innovative way to change solitary confinement. For prisoners who are condemned to solitary confinement, 23 hours of the day is spent in solitude. The experience causes many prisoners to become discouraged and act out.

Nadkarni's came up with a way to change solitary confinement by drawing on the idea of nature rehabilitation. Nadkarni designed a 'Blue Room' that is equipped with a projector. The projector plays loops of National Geographic documentaries as well as nature sounds such as crashing waves and gentle winds. The idea behind the room is to provide a tool for diffusing volatile situations. Initial research shows that inmates feel more calm and less anxious after spending time in the Blue Room.

Nadkarni's unique prison cell could help to change the way that prisons use solitary confinement.