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NJ limits solitary confinement in prisons, hailed as ‘historic’ criminal justice step

Dustin Racioppi | July 11, 2019 | North Jersey Record |


New Jersey will limit the use of solitary confinement in correctional facilities and effectively ban it outright for certain people, including the young and elderly, pregnant women and members of the LGBTQ community.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act Thursday, calling it “historic legislation” that continues the transformation of New Jersey’s criminal justice system. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey’s Executive Director, Amol Sinha, called it “the strongest legislation restricting solitary in the nation.”

“I am proud to stand together with New Jersey’s criminal justice reform advocates and legislators to advance a humane correctional system that allows for the safe operation of facilities and focuses on strengthening reentry initiatives, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery programs,” Murphy said in a statement.


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