New law limits solitary confinement in state prisons & jails

Updated: Apr. 1, 2021 at 9:54 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that limits the time state prison and jail inmates can be placed in solitary confinement.

It’s called the HALT Solitary Confinement Act and it limits solitary confinement to 15 days in a row.

It also reduces the number of infractions for which prisoners can be put in segregated confinement.

The young, elderly, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and people with serious mental illnesses are now exempt from the punishment.

Inmate advocates have been pushing for reforms to the state’s solitary confinement policy.

Studies have shown that people isolated from human contact for extended periods of time can experience lasting trauma.

The bill will take effect in a year.

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