Mayor, Board of Correction announce proposal to end solitary confinement in NYC jails
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan that would put an end to solitary confinement in New York City jails.
The mayor and the Board of Correction's proposal would eventually end the practice of taking inmates away from others and leaving them alone as punishment for their crimes.
De Blasio says the plan provides a safe environment for officers and inmates.
He says it would end solitary confinement and the use of routine non-individualized restraints like handcuffs.
The proposal would put in place support plans and have periodic disciplinary reviews.
It would also allow inmates 10 hours out of the cell and socialization with at least one person.
The mayor says they want inmates to improve themselves while they are incarcerated.
"We found it is much more important to work on redeeming those who are incarcerated, to give them education and training," de Blasio says. "To show them a pathway beyond jail, to a better life, not to set back their progress with mistaken approaches like solitary confinement."
The plan would take months to be put into place if approved.