LOTL: Humane alternatives to isolated confinement

In 2010 the New York state legislature passed a law that offers treatment to prisoners diagnosed with mental illnesses instead of being placed in solitary confinement. That law limited the treatment option only for people diagnosed with some, not all, mental illnesses and PTSD was not included in the list. The law also permitted prison officials to keep prisoners in solitary confinement, indefinitely.  Now some legislators in New York want to pass HALT, a law that would make it possible for more prisoners to qualify for treatment over solitary confinement and they want to limit the amount of time anyone can be held in solitary in NY state prisons.

Life of the Law’s Executive Producer, Nancy Mullane spoke with Jack Beck, an attorney with the Correctional Association of New York. He monitors conditions in New York prisons and reports to the state legislature.