13 Jan Jan 13, 2015: BOC caps ALL Punitive Seg/Solitary stay at 30 days for any single infraction
The Board of Correction approved changes to the minimum standards of the DOC charter that limits the maximum sentence on all Punitive Segregation/Solitary Confinement for Adults and teens through 2015 to be capped at 30 days effective immediately (as of January 13, 2015), although the rule did not specifically say that. Hon. Bryanne Hammill explained that the rule provides that a detainee/inmate may not serve more than 30 days in any restrictive unit: not that one cannot be sentenced to more than 30 days.
“Ms. Masters said that the new draft rule imposes a 30-day maximum time limit on PS sentences, a limitation imposed with the understanding that DOC’s practice is to impose concurrent rather than consecutive sentences. She stated that an inmate who has been in PS for 30 days will receive a seven-day break before they are put back in PS, adding that no inmate will be placed in PS for more than a total of 60 days in any six-month period, with one exception: an inmate who is so persistently violent that it is not practicable to limit the inmate to 60 days in a six-month period. Ms. Masters stated that to trigger the exception, which the Board expects will occur rarely, the Chief of the Department must personally approve the extension of the PS placement, and DOC must immediately notify the Board and DOHMH of the extension and the reason for it. She said that if an extension is imposed, the inmate must be seen daily by mental health, and the daily rounds must be documented in writing. “