A Law Hasn’t Fixed Solitary Confinement in New York. Can a Lawsuit?
A new legal challenge takes aim at the New York prison department for locking hundreds of people up in solitary over offenses that should be exempt.
Chris Gelardi · April 7, 2023
The lawsuit exposes previously unreported DOCCS policies that effectively instruct officers to violate solitary confinement law. | Maia Hibbett / New York Focus
This article is part of a series of investigations into New York’s implementation of solitary confinement reforms.
- State Prisons Are Routinely Violating New York’s Landmark Solitary Confinement Law
- Prisons Are Illegally Throwing People With Disabilities Into Solitary Confinement
- Solitary by Another Name: How State Prisons Are Using ‘Therapeutic’ Units to Evade Reforms
- Lesser Infractions Aren’t Supposed to Land You in Solitary Confinement. They Do Anyway.
- New York’s Prison Chief Ordered Guards to Illegally Shackle People to Desks
- To Implement a New Law, Prisons Likely Broke Another
- Can Anyone Make New York Prisons Follow Solitary Confinement Law?
- Prison Department Writes Its Way Out of Following Solitary Confinement Law — Again
Chris Gelardi is a reporter for New York Focus investigating the state’s criminal-legal system. His work has appeared in more than a dozen other outlets, most frequently The Nation, The Intercept, and The Appeal. He is a past recipient of awards from Columbia… more
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