Updated: March 26, 2021 04:29 PM
Created: March 26, 2021 04:28 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The State Legislature recently passed the HALT Act which would put a 15-day limit on the time inmates could spend in solitary confinement, and eliminate it altogether for vulnerable populations. Advocates are celebrating its passage and calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill immediately.
The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act comes in line with the United Nations Nelson Mandela Rules for the treatment of prisoners.
News10NBC's Lynette Adams spoke with Jerome Wright, a statewide HALT organizer and survivor of solitary confinement, and Rev. Markeisha Jackson, a Rochester organizer for the #HALTsolitary campaign.
A Cornell University study found one in three people in solitary confinement who took part in the study were more likely to experience heart attacks, strokes along with higher rates of overdose and suicide.
Some opponents, however, say attacks on corrections officers are on the rise and fear HALT would increase these attacks.
The governor is expected to act on this bill before the end of March.
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