Law Boosts Oversight of Use of Solitary Confinement at Rikers Island


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City Council members and other supporters of the New York City Jail Action Coalition at a rally on Aug. 18 in front of City Hall. Demonstrators called for overhauling policies concerning the treatment of inmates at Rikers Island.Credit Vanessa A. Alverez/Associated Press
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In the wake of growing criticism over conditions at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted legislation on Thursday to boost oversight of the use of solitary confinement at the jail.

The law, which was passed by the City Council last week, will require the Department of Correction to publish quarterly reports detailing the number of inmates in solitary confinement…

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