NYLPI joined partners in signing on to a letter
to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, criticizing the limitations of the Governor’s proposed regulations on solitary confinement and urging the passage of the H.A.L.T. Solitary Confinement Act
. The letter argues that the proposed rules would continue to permit people to be locked in solitary confinement for years on end, would delay imposing time limitations on how long a person could be in solitary for several years, and even once fully implemented, would continue to explicitly permit people to be locked in solitary for lengths that amount to torture under the UN standards
. The H.A.L.T. Solitary Confinement Act, on the other hand, would make much more comprehensive and effective changes to the law, including prohibiting the use of solitary confinement for all people with mental health needs and physical disabilities, as well as for young and elderly people. The H.A.L.T. Solitary Confinement Act would also prohibit solitary for more than 15 days at a time for all people and ban over 20 days in solitary for any 60-day period.
NYLPI submitted written comments in response to the proposed rules earlier this month.