New York sets limits on solitary confinement

Children and pregnant inmates in New York state will no longer be subjected to solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons after a judge on Wednesday approved a deal expected to lead to further changes over the next two years in the use of extreme isolation as a punishment in state prisons.
Civil liberties attorneys and state officials praised the changes after U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin signed the agreement, which came after a class-action lawsuit challenging the state’s use of solitary confinement was filed in 2011 by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).

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(Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP Photo)

New York sets limits on solitary confinement

Children and pregnant inmates in New York state will no longer be subjected to solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons after a judge on Wednesday approved a deal expected to lead to further changes over the next two years in the use of extreme isolation as a punishment in state prisons.

Civil liberties attorneys and state officials praised the changes after U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin signed the agreement, which came after a class-action lawsuit challenging the state’s use of solitary confinement was filed in 2011 by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).

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(Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP Photo)