Every year, thousands of people are subjected to the torture of prolonged solitary confinement in jails and prisons across New York. People are kept locked up in solitary for months or even years. Meanwhile, our prisons are filled with people who are there not because they’ve committed a new crime — but because they violated a condition of their parole like missing a curfew. Others are kept incarcerated even though there is compelling evidence that they have been rehabilitated and pose no risk to society. Still more New Yorkers who are unlikely to re-offend grow old behind bars as their health rapidly deteriorates.
New York’s criminal system must undo the harms that solitary confinement and parole practices have caused the tens of thousands of New Yorkers in jails in prisons by emphasizing rehabilitation instead of punishment.