The Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act Passes New York State Assembly

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Rally to End Solitary in Harlem. Photo NYC Quaker

Rally to End Solitary in Harlem. Photo NYC Quaker

(June 13, 2018, New York):  The New York State Assembly yesterday passed the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (A.3080B-Aubry / S.4784A-Parker). The Correctional Association of NY (“CA”), a 174-year-old non-profit organization with legislative authority to inspect NY prisons, has long advocated for passage of HALT as the most recent part of its decades-long effort to oppose the use of solitary confinement. The CA issued the following statement:

“The Correctional Association of NY applauds and thanks Speaker Carl Heastie, lead Assembly sponsor Jeffrion Aubry, and the New York State Assembly for passing the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act. HALT will end the torture of solitary confinement and replace it with more humane and effective alternatives. Thousands of people – disproportionately Black and Latinx people – remain in solitary confinement in New York’s prisons and jails each day, and tens of thousands are sent to solitary each year. People in solitary spend 22 to 24 hours a day in a cell without any meaningful human contact or programs, conditions known to cause devastating harm. Although the United Nations has stated that no person should spend more than 15 days in solitary, because it otherwise amounts to torture, people in New York regularly spend months, years, and even decades in solitary.The Correctional Association calls upon the New York Senate and Governor Cuomo to follow the Assembly’s lead and now pass HALT to end the suffering of thousands of New Yorkers and make our prisons, jails, and communities more safe and well. We also urge Governor Cuomo to immediately implement the provisions of HALT administratively.”

Learn more at www.correctionalassociation.org.