Bill banning solitary confinement for inmates under 21 moves forward in New York State

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June 16, 2015 by socialaction2014

Fusion

The New York State Assembly passed a bill today banning solitary confinement for all inmates under 21. It would be the first such ban of any U.S. state if it is enacted into law.

The bill would also ban solitary confinement for all inmates with a mental illness or a developmental disability, and restrict solitary confinement for all inmates to the “minimum period necessary for the maintenance of order or discipline.”

It was written in response to a 2014 United Nations report that called on the state to end prolonged solitary confinement, said Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell, the bill’s sponsor.

“When the UN comes to New York and says what we’re doing violates their rules against torture, we ought to do something about that,” O’Donnell told Fusion. “It’s time for our society to step up and acknowledge what the reality is.”

The bill passed just a week and a…

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