New York lawmakers approve bill that would bring solitary confinement to a halt

ALBANY, N.Y. — Lawmakers approved long-sought legislation Thursday limiting the use of solitary confinement in New York prisons and jails. The bill, called the Humane Alternatives to Solitary Confinement Act, or HALT, passed the state Senate days after sailing through the Assembly. If signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the measure will limit any form of isolation exceeding 15 days and ban solitary confinement for vulnerable populations altogether. “Prolonged segregated confinement can cause permanent harms and does not properly address the root causes that lead to the punishment,” Senate Majority Le…

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