Join the #HALTsolitary campaign outside of Governor Cuomo's NYC office on October 2nd as we continue to demand that he support the passage of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act IMMEDIATELY.
Advertised as reform, Governor Cuomo's recently issued proposed regulations about solitary confinement would actually permit years and decades of solitary confinement to continue through endless cycles of “time-limited” solitary with no meaningful break or unlimited time in keeplock, another form of solitary with no guaranteed access to meaningful human interaction, even for the most minor rule violations.
Thousands of people in New York are suffering in solitary confinement right now, and tens of thousands each year. The entire United Nations has prohibited the use of solitary confinement beyond 15 days for all people because it amounts to torture. Yet in New York, people regularly spend months, years, and even decades in solitary. Black and Latinx people are disproportionately sent to solitary, as are transgender/gender non-conforming people, young people, and people with mental health needs. Solitary causes devastating mental, physical, and emotional harm, and even death. 30% of suicides in New York prisons take place in solitary, and a study in New York City jails found people in solitary are seven times more likely to harm themselves.
The Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, S.1623/A.2500, has enough support in both houses of the New York State legislature to pass. HALT would end the torture of solitary confinement for all people in New York prisons and jails, and create more humane and effective alternatives. New York must enact HALT now!
Parallel Actions Will Take Place in the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and Elsewhere Across New York State.