Margo Schlanger & Amy Fettig

Margo Schlanger is the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. She served as a member of the Vera Institute’s Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons and as the reporter for the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners.

Amy Fettig is senior staff counsel for the ACLU’s National Prison Project and directs the ACLU’s Stop Solitary campaign, which seeks to end the practice of long-term isolation in our nation’s prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers.

 

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Class-Action Suit Brings Sweeping Changes to Solitary Confinement in New York

Though there's still much work to be done, the settlement marks a critical step for prison reform. 

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File A security fence surrounds the inmate housing on New York City's Rikers Island correctional facility in New York. A federal class-action suit settled last week in New York State will substantially improve conditions for the state’s unusually high population of prisoners in solitary confinement. It can serve as a model for corrections reform around the country. Litigated by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the suit challenged New York’s solitary confinement practices, arguing that they constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. The court settlement now goes to federal district judge Shira Scheindlin for her sign-off. If Judge Scheindlin approves the settlement and the state abides by it, the implications will be sweeping for the 4,000 people New York confines 23 hours per day in isolated concrete cells the size of a small parking space. Though New York has substantially reduced its prison population...