New York Bans Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

New York Bans Use of Long-Term Solitary Confinement

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that places new limits on the use of solitary confinement in the state’s correctional facilities, following years of pressure by lawmakers and advocacy groups.

The law limits to 15 days the amount of time incarcerated people may spend in solitary confinement, which is also called segregated confinement or administrative segregation.

Known as the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act, the law also defines the disciplinary infractions eligible for segregated confinement and exempts certain vulnerable populations from the practice, including young and elderly prisoners, pregnant women and people with disabilities or serious mental illness. All state prisons and local jails in New York are covered by the law.

A spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision declined to comment on the act and referred questions to Mr. Cuomo’s office.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said the new law builds on changes that his administration had previously made to the state incarceration system to reduce the use of solitary confinement.

Source: WSJ – US News

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