Group pushes for solitary confinement rules

The NYCLU recreated a solitary confinement cell last year to show the close quarters some prisoners spend up to 23 hours a day in. Credit: Alison Bowen.
The NYCLU recreated a solitary confinement cell last year to show the close quarters in which some prisoners spend up to 23 hours a day. Credit: Alison Bowen

Former inmates and their family members are hoping that city officials will consider new rules for solitary confinement next week.

The city Board of Correction is expected to consider rules for solitary confinement use within state prisons, advocates said Friday.

NYC Jails Action Coalition, a group of formerly incarcerated people, family members and activists, will meet before a Board of Correction meeting Monday morning, where officials are expected to make a decision regarding solitary confinement.

The group plans to protest Monday morning before the meeting.

Advocates hope that officials will develop standards about when people can be put into solitary confinement.

Previously, the New York Civil Liberties Union alleged that too many New York prisoners end up in solitary confinement for reasons like smoking in the bathroom.

About 16 percent were put into solitary for violence or weapons, according to the NYCLU.

City Councilman Daniel Dromm also has introduced legislation to regulate solitary confinement in the city.



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