NY Civil Liberties Union probes solitary confinement in state prison

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October 2, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Civil Liberties Union, which has criticized New York City's use of solitary confinement in its jails, is set to release a report on inmate isolation in state prisons.

The organization says the report for release Tuesday follows interviews with more than 100 inmates, as well as relatives and prison staff and analysis of corrections records.

NYCLU legal fellow Scarlet Kim, report co-author, wrote in December that the city's expanded use of solitary confinement at Rikers Island "flies in the face" of evidence that it has "devastating effects on the human psyche."

Corrections officials say it's used to maintain prison safety and security in dealing with disruptive or violent inmates.

State data show 54,537 prison inmates, with 8 percent or 4,286 in disciplinary confinement, most in double cells.

Associated Press 2012