NYLPI Joins Federal Anti-Solitary Taskforce In Urging President Biden and Vice-President Harris to Pass the End Solitary Confinement Act

January 31, 2024

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NYLPI joined the Federal Anti-Solitary Taskforce in signing a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris regarding the End Solitary Confinement Act.

“We, the undersigned civil rights, human rights, faith, and health organizations and leaders, including people who have survived solitary confinement, people who have had family members in solitary confinement, and allies, write to urge you to finally act this year to fulfill your campaign pledge to end solitary confinement in all forms of federal custody. You have the power to end solitary confinement today, and we urge you to act now, before your first term ends, to stop torture, protect people’s basic human rights, improve safety, and save lives.

We were appreciative of both of your campaign pledges to end solitary confinement and your recognition in the President’s May 2022 executive order of the devastating harms of solitary. As you have recognized, solitary confinement is torture. It causes devastating harm and, too often, death. It leads to worse safety outcomes for everyone, including those incarcerated or employed at facilities and the neighbors and communities where survivors of solitary return. At the same time, there is ample evidence that alternative forms of separation are much more effective at both improving safety and protecting people’s health and well-being. Despite this growing body of evidence, over 122,000 people remain in solitary on any given day across the country, and the number of people in solitary in federal custody has remained horrifically high – including over 11,000 people in the federal Bureau of Prisons alone as well as many others in immigration detention and other federal facilities.

Now is the moment to act to end this torturous and counterproductive practice and instead utilize proven alternatives.”

Read the full letter here.

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