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New York legislature considers restrictions on the use of solitary confinement.

In June, the New York State Assembly passed the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act by a vote of 99 to 45.New York AB 3080B (2017-18); and New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, “News: #HALTsolitary Confinement Act PASSED in the NY State Assembly,” July 5, 2018. The bill, which is part of the #HALTSolitary Campaign of the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement—a coalition of advocates, formerly incarcerated people and their families, and others—would require the state to restrict the use of segregated confinement in its prisons and jails and create “alternative therapeutic and rehabilitative confinement options.”New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, “Summary of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (A.3080-B/S.4784A),” The state would also be required to allow out-of-cell time for programming and recreation for four hours per day and exclude some populations from solitary entirely—including pregnant women, people 21 years or younger and 55 years or older, and those with physical or mental disabilities.New York AB 3080B (2017-18). The bill was not brought before the New York State Senate for a vote before the 2018 session closed and will need to be reintroduced next session.New York SB 4784A (2017-18); and Victoria Law, “Thousands Held in NY's Prisons Will Spend the Holidays in Solitary Confinement,” Gothamist, December 24, 2018.