It has been announced the New York City Board has voted to end solitary confinement in city jails.
According to CNN, the vote took place after “an extensive public engagement process and builds on 2015 reforms that ended solitary confinement for people ages 16 to 21 and people with mental illness, amid other changes.”
Mayor de Blasio also made a statement about this new change. “New York City is going further than any jail system in America to ban solitary confinement once and for all.”
He continued, “Through our work with our Board of Correction, we have found a plan that will provide a safe and humane environment for those who are incarcerated and officers alike.”
This new plan is set to go into effect this fall. A statement that was released explained what this plan is set to do. “It will fundamentally change the way the Department of Correction responds to violence committed by people in custody, ensuring accountability and safety in a more humane and effective manner.”
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