New York City Ends Solitary for Inmates Under 21
New York City’s Rikers Island has eliminated solitary confinement for inmates under 21, responding to criticism that solitary for minors is harmful and inhumane.
The city’s Board of Correction voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the practice of isolating young inmates at the city’s primary detention facility. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte have pledged to improve conditions at the jail, but the federal government has sued, accusing Rikers of a pattern of unnecessary and excessive force.
As of last week, there were 497 inmates between ages 19 and 21 at Rikers, 103 of whom were in solitary confinement, The New York Times reports.
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