Solitary Confinement on the way out

Solitary Confinement on the way out

New York State has agreed to sweeping changes that will curtail the widespread use of solitary confinement to punish prison infractions, according to court papers filed on Wednesday. Under the agreement, New York becomes the largest prison system in the United States to bar the use of solitary confinement for disciplining prisoners under 18, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which represented the three prisoners whose lawsuit led to the agreement.

The agreement says that 16- and 17-year-old prisoners who are subjected to even the most restrictive form of disciplinary confinement must be given at least five hours a day of outdoor exercise and programming outside of their cells.

The agreement also imposes “sentencing guidelines,” specifying the length of punishment allowed for different infractions and, for the first time in all cases, a maximum length that such sentences may run, the N.Y.C.L.U. said

I personally this is wrong all the way round…it will definitely make prisons more dangerous for the wardens and the prisoners.

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