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Solitary confinement rules changed by Cuomo and legislative leaders

Jun 24, 2019 12:31 am
Rachel Silberstein reports at Capitol Confidential that last week the legislature failed to pass the HALT Solitary Confinement Act to end solitary confinment in New York's prisons. Now, though, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have announced an administrative change to the current solitary regulations. In a joint statement, they said, “We have reached an agreement to dramatically reduce the use of solitary confinement in correctional facilities. These new steps build on this year’s landmark reforms and will further help to correct inequities and end inhumane practices in our criminal justice system.” The new rules limit the use of solitary, and cap it at 30 days. And restricted diets or any other changes in diet will no longer be used as punishment in state prisons. Read more about this story at Capitol Confidential.
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