Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act – HALT

Senate: S1757
Assembly: A2277

This bill restricts the use of segregated confinement and creates alternative therapeutic and rehabilitative confinement options.

The use of solitary confinement is inhumane and must be banned in New York State prisons and jails. In addition to this bill, we call for ending solitary confinement in another bill we champion, the Gender Identity Respect and Safety Act. The use of extended isolated confinement is often used under the guise of keeping Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary (TGNCNB) people safe, but is used as a punishment for those already experiencing increased risks of physical violence and emotional harm in prisons and jails that are inconsistent with their gender identity.