09 Apr JAC Petition to the NYC Board of Correction for Adoption of Rules Regarding the Use of Solitary Confinement
JAC’s petition for rulemaking, and community organizing against the solitary confinement practices in the jails, brought this issue to the forefront of reforms needed in the City jails. JAC’s call for the Board to adopt minimum standards regarding the use of solitary confinement (punitive segregation) was joined by more than 35 organizations, 11 City Council Members, and the New York City Bar Association Committees on International Human Rights and on Corrections and Community Reentry. (See enclosed list of endorsers and letter of support from the City Bar committees.) The Board did not initiate rulemaking in response to JAC’s petition but instead formed a committee to determine whether the Board should engage in rulemaking. The committee unanimously recommended that the Board initiate rulemaking regarding the use of solitary confinement in the City jails on September 9, 2013. The Board did not initiate the rulemaking process to adopt rules regarding solitary confinement until the DOC proposed further restrictions to out-of-cell time for individuals who had not been found guilty of violating jail rules (Enhanced Supervision Housing Units (ESHU)). On January 13, 2015, the Board amended its rules to allow the restrictive ESHU and adopted limits on the use of solitary confinement.
Download and Read JAC’s Rule Change proposal here: JAC Petition to BOC for Rule Making and Reform of Solitary Confinement 2013
Read the list of partner organizations and individuals who signed-onto JAC’s rule-change proposal addressed to the BOC: