HALT Act

Thomas O'Neil-White

Simultaneous rallies were held across New York on Wednesday, as advocates for solitary confinement alternatives demanded the state legislature reconvene to pass the HALT Solitary Confinement Act.

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Faith groups staged a protest and vigil this week at the state capital, calling for sharp new restrictions on the use of solitary confinement. New York has already reduced the number of special housing units in state prisons, but some lawmakers, activists and religious leaders say they haven’t gone far enough.