Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New York State has agreed to overhaul its solitary confinement system, which now isolates some prisoners for years

As part of a far-reaching legal settlement, New York has agreed to a major overhaul in the way solitary confinement is administered in the state’s prisons, with the goal of significantly reducing the number of inmates held in isolation, cutting the maximum length of stay and improving their living conditions.
The five-year, $62 million agreement, announced on Wednesday, is the result of a lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union over the abusive treatment of inmates in solitary in the state’s prisons.

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