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Tablets for Inmates: New NYC Jails Chief Presents Reform Plan Ahead of Next Mayor

Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi’s "comprehensive post-pandemic recovery" proposal also covers everything from cutting down on triple shifts for correction officers to fixing broken cell doors.

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

The city further limited isolation Tuesday — two years and a day after Layleen Polanco’s death on Rikers Island. But her sister and other inmate advocates are slamming de Blasio for not fully eliminating the practice.

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New City Jails Boss Open to Next Mayor Extending His Sentence

Incarceration reformer Vincent Schiraldi, appointed by de Blasio to run the troubled Correction Department, says he’d consider staying past Dec. 31. He wants to end the violence that’s plagued Rikers Island and other local lockups.

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De Blasio Plan to Eliminate Solitary Confinement Falls Short for Inmate Advocates

"All they did was change the name, and slightly, very slightly, changed a few things," said Melania Brown, whose sister, Layleen Polanco, died in a solitary cell at Rikers Island in 2019.

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City Jailers Defy Oversight Board to Keep Young Adults in Isolation

An "emergency" petition by the Correction Department to put youths alone in cells for up to 17 hours a day comes nearly eight months after Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to end solitary confinement for all inmates.

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

The Board of Correction now says a proposal, spurred by the death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island, will be out this month. But the City Council could beat them to it with a law.

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Cuomo’s Solitary Confinement ‘Overhaul’ Delayed Another Year

Last year, the governor and legislative leaders proposed a 30-day limit on isolating prisoners. The deadline to adopt that rule just passed. Now it won’t be in place until at least 2023.

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Solitary Confinement Could End in NYC

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

De Blasio cited the case of Layleen Polanco, whose death in isolation at Rikers Island last year galvanized the movement to stop the practice in New York and beyond.

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A Year After Layleen Polanco’s Rikers Death, 17 Jailers Face Discipline

The de Blasio administration pushed staff punishments Friday but has rejected more systemic changes to solitary confinement in New York City jails.

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Jailer Pushed Layleen Polanco Into Rikers Island Solitary Confinement Despite Red Flags: Report

NYC’s jail oversight board also found that city jail housing policy for transgender inmates created "increased pressure" to house her in solitary, where she died last June.

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Layleen Polanco-Inspired Solitary Confinement Reforms Languish a Year After Her Death on Rikers Island

Meanwhile, city jailers contend that locking people in isolation for 21 hours a day does not qualify as "solitary confinement."

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Correction Board Seeks Probe Into ‘Misuse’ of Rikers Body Scanners

The city jails oversight body recommends "an immediate investigation" — citing "risk of radiation exposure" due to a lack of staff training.

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City Jail Overseer Urged to End Solitary Confinement After Layleen Polanco Death

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, speaking at Board of Correction’s first hearing on proposed limits, says NYC can "serve as a model for the nation."

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City Jails Board Issues Proposed New Solitary Rules After Delay

Isolation of inmates would be limited — but not eliminated — under a long-fought Board of Correction plan that spurred a public battle with City Hall.

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Prison Payout Little Solace After 22 Months in Solitary

Bronx man receives $200,000 settlement, years later. But it won’t end the "permanent headache" he says he got during a fracas with guards.

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Layleen Polanco’s Family Accuses City of Stalling on Lawsuit

The de Blasio administration seeks a delay pending probe into the transgender woman’s death at Rikers Island. Her family is furious.

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Mayor ‘Interfered’ With Jails Overseer on Solitary Confinement, Member Charges

Dr. Robert Cohen of the Board of Correction alleges delay of a planned vote to limit punitive segregation is part of bid to weaken reforms.

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Solitary Confinement Reform Pushed Back Again as City Hall Balks

The Board of Correction planned to propose new limits on isolating inmates in city jails Tuesday, but will delay amid mayoral pressure, sources said.

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De Blasio Ousts Key Solitary Confinement Foe as Reform Nears

Bryanne Hamill loses her Board of Correction seat amid wrangling over putting limits on isolating inmates in city jails, sources said.