Lawmakers urged to restrict use of solitary confinement
June 14, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would restrict the use of solitary confinement and ban it entirely for young, elderly, pregnant and mentally ill inmates under legislation before state lawmakers.
A coalition of prison reform advocates, mental health experts and religious groups gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to urge passage of the bill before lawmakers adjourn their session next week.
The measure would limit solitary confinement to no more than 15 consecutive days unless an inmate is sent to a special rehabilitation unit, where he or she would receive special treatment to address...