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File #: Res 0143-2018    Version: Name: Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Criminal Justice
On agenda: 2/14/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act.
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm , Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Carlina Rivera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Brad S. Lander, Diana Ayala , Stephen T. Levin
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 143, 2. February 14, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 3. Proposed Res. No. 143-A - 4/12/19, 4. Committee Report 5/1/19, 5. Hearing Testimony 5/1/19, 6. Hearing Transcript 5/1/19, 7. Proposed Res. No. 143-A - 5/28/19, 8. Committee Report 5/28/19, 9. Hearing Transcript 5/28/19, 10. May 29, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 11. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-29-19, 12. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 29, 2019, 13. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of May 29, 2019 Held on June 13, 2019
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Res. No. 143-A

 

Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act.

 

By Council Members Dromm, Ampry-Samuel, Rivera, Rosenthal, Lander, Ayala and Levin

 

Whereas, Solitary confinement typically constitutes a special form of imprisonment by segregating an incarcerated person for 23 hours a day and disallowing any contact with the outside world; and

Whereas, According to various sources, an increasing number of jurists throughout the world have concluded that solitary confinement constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and view solitary confinement as a form torture; and  

Whereas, Thousands of incarcerated individuals are housed in solitary confinement each day in New York prisons and jails, according to various source; and

Whereas, Incarcerated people in solitary confinement are generally deprived of all meaningful human interaction or mental stimulation, confined to small barren cells; and

Whereas, New York State must take a more proactive approach to not only properly protect incarcerated people in New York prisons and jails, but must adopt better standards that reaffirm the State's commitment to respect inmates' human dignity; and

Whereas, A.2500, sponsored by Assembly Member Jeffrion L. Aubry and currently pending in the New York State Assembly, and companion bill S.1623, sponsored by State Senator Luis R. Sepulveda and pending in the New York State Senate, seek to amend the New York State Correction Law by restricting the use of segregated confinement and creating alternative therapeutic and rehabilitative confinement options; and

Whereas, A.2500/S.1623 is also known as the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act or "HALT Solitary Confinement Act"; and

Whereas, The HALT Solitary Confinement Act would amend the New York State Correction Law by limiting the time an incarcerated individual spends in segregated confinement to a maximum of 15 consecutive days and a total of 20 days during a 60-day period; and

Whereas, The HALT Solitary Confinement Act would end the segregated confinement of vulnerable people, including, but not limited to, individuals with physical or mental disabilities; and

Whereas, Furthermore, the HALT Solitary Confinement Act would create alternatives to isolated confinement by providing a new Residential Rehabilitation Unit for meaningful human contact and therapeutic services and rehabilitative programs aimed at addressing underlying causes of behavior; and

Whereas, New York State should establish parameters on who can and cannot be placed in solitary confinement and provide appropriate therapeutic services to individuals who are in need; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act.

WJH

LS 490/ Res. 53 - 2014

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LS 1116

 

KMD

Rev. 4/11/19

LS116/Reso 143 - 2018