NYC Council Passes Bill to End Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

On December 20th, a veto-proof supermajority of the New York City Council passed Int. 549A to end solitary confinement in its many forms in NYC jails.

“The people we represent—along with their families, friends, and advocates—are all impacted by the serious trauma caused by DOC’s inhumane restrictive housing practices,” said Lucas Marquez, Director of Civil Rights and Law Reform at Brooklyn Defenders. “We applaud the City Council for taking action to pass Int. 549 on behalf of the countless solitary survivors, defenders, doctors, scholars, corrections experts, and human rights advocates who have long urged an end to the torture of solitary confinement. We urge Mayor Adams to immediately sign the bill into law.”

Read more about the vote to ban on solitary confinement in the New York Times.

Read the community member press release here.

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