Testimony on Intro. 549-2022, Banning Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails
Intro. 549 would ban solitary confinement in all its forms in New York City jails, except for emergency de-escalation for a maximum of four hours immediately following an alleged incident. In its place, the bill would require the Department of Correction (DOC) to utilize alternative forms of separation that are proven to better enhance safety, health, and well-being.
The New York City Council can end the use of solitary confinement and promote evidence-based programming that will make jails safer. It is imperative that this body passes Intro. 549 without delay.