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Solitary Confinement Must End in NYS

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Today, the Raise the Age NY campaign renews its call for the Governor to stop the placement of 16- and 17-year-olds into NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) Adolescent Offender Facilities. Operated by the adult prison system, Adolescent Offender Facilities currently use separation units to place teenagers in solitary confinement for up to 18 hours a day.

Last month, our campaign released a letter detailing an example of solitary confinement in New York State involving a mentally-ill 17-year-old boy. Solitary confinement is cruel punishment for anyone, but especially for adolescents and those in need of mental health care.

In addressing these concerns, Gov. Cuomo has the opportunity to reaffirm his support of the age-appropriate settings of young people and stop the cruel treatment of adolescents. We call on the Governor to end solitary confinement for young people, and halt the placement of teenagers into DOCCS-operated Adolescent Offender facilities.

Read the campaign’s public comments concerning new regulations proposed for Adolescent Offender Facilities here:

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