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New Council Members Assail Adams’ Plan to Restore Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

The progressive contingent of the incoming, new-look City Council launched its first shot against Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Monday, targeting his vow to bring back solitary confinement in city jails. “Solitary confinement is considered by the United Nations, human rights organizations, and medical and mental health experts to be a form of torture,” reads a […]

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Adams Vows to Bring Solitary Confinement Back to Rikers Island, Scrapping Reforms

When scores of city correction officers rallied against proposed jail reforms in front of the bridge leading to Rikers Island last summer, they chanted “Bring back the box!” — referring to solitary confinement.  On Thursday, Mayor-elect Eric Adams promised to do so.  People in city jails who are violent will be put in so-called punitive […]

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De Blasio’s Order to Delay Solitary Confinement Reforms Over Rikers Chaos Slammed

Mayor Bill de Blasio postponed planned limits on solitary confinement amid Rikers Island chaos — drawing a rebuke Tuesday from the sister of the woman whose death galvanized the push to end inmate isolation in city jails.  “He disgusts me as a leader,” said Melania Brown, whose sister, Layleen Polanco, died at Rikers on June […]

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Solitary Confinement Reforms Approved for City Jails, Even as Advocates Decry ‘Broken Promise’

(This story has been updated to reflected the passage of the new rules.) Two years and a day after Layleen Polanco’s death on Rikers Island galvanized a movement to ban solitary confinement, the city Board of Correction on Tuesday approved new rules the de Blasio administration says will effectively end the practice in city jails.  […]

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De Blasio Promised Nearly Six Months Ago to End Solitary Confinement. So Where’s the Plan?

In June, when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would end solitary confinement in city-run jails, he said he expected a working group to give him recommendations on how to do it “in the fall.”  The chair of the Board of Correction, which makes the rules for city lockups, said on Oct. 21 that the […]

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Mayor de Blasio Vows End of Solitary Confinement in New York City Jails

New York City will soon stop using solitary confinement in city jails, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Monday as he invoked the death of Layleen Polanco last year at Rikers Island. After resisting calls for change for more than a year, the mayor announced the creation of a “working group” charged with devising a plan […]