Halt Solitary Confinement Act on its way to state Senate, expected to pass on Thursday
Prison reform activists are celebrating the passing of the Halt Solitary Confinement Act that would limit or end the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails.
The bill will now go to the state Senate, which is expected to pass on Thursday. It will then go to the governor’s office.
The bill essentially limits the amount of time an inmate can spend in solitary confinement. In some cases, the practice will not be allowed at all for some people deemed vulnerable.
Instead, the bill seeks to provide a more humane alternative to solitary confinement.
If the bill is vetoed, state lawmakers say they will try to override that veto.