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End the torture of isolated confinement, and pass the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, A. 4401 / S. 2659.

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New York State prisons and jails subject thousands of people every day to the torture of isolated confinement, mostly for non-violent rule infractions. People in isolated confinement (or “solitary,” a.k.a. the Box) are held in their cells 22 to 24 hours a day, for months, years, and even decades at a time without any meaningful human contact or programming. People of color are disproportionately subjected to isolation. Particularly vulnerable groups, like young people and those with mental health needs, are also disproportionately held in isolation. These conditions amount to torture and must stop!

With President Obama’s affirmation of what we already know—namely that the use of isolated confinement makes us all less safe—the time has come for New York State to finally act.

The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, A. 4401 / S. 2659, would prohibit placing anyone in isolated confinement for more than 15 consecutive days and create more humane and effective alternatives. HALT would also restrict what infractions can lead to isolated confinement, ban its use for particularly vulnerable groups, and make prison and jail disciplinary processes fairer, with more transparency and accountability.

Join us in calling for enactment of HALT and an immediate end to the torture of isolated confinement.

Want to learn more? Visit the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) at and sign up for periodic updates here.

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