NEW YORK — Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Corrections announced the elimination of solitary confinement within the city's jail system for inmates under the age of 21, making New York City the first in the country to do so.
Correction officers sued the mayor, the City Council and the city Board of Corrections Tuesday charging that nobody is paying attention to what they have to say about jail conditions because they are too focused on inmate complaints.
Starting Tuesday, 19- to 21-year-olds in New York City’s jails will no longer be placed in solitary confinement or, as jail and prison officials call it, punitive segregation, a practice in which people are confined to their cells for 22 to 23 hours each day.
By: Bill Parry | Times Ledger October 18, 16. 20:18
The city’s jail system will no longer subject inmates 21 years old and younger to solitary confinement, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced Tuesday. The DOC has created alternative, more humane approaches for managing young inmates’ behavior that have paved the way for ending a practice that can be counterproductive to the development of young adults.