Anti-Solitary Legislation Introduced – 2018
In 2018, the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act, or NJ A.314 (also S. 3261) as introduced. The bill was nearly identical to New Jersey S. 51 (A. 547), or the Isolated Confinement in Correctional Facilities Act, which was introduced by Senator Lesniak and received bipartisan support in 2016. S. 51 banned isolation “unless there is reasonable cause to believe that the inmate or others would be at risk of serious harm, and any less restrictive intervention would be insufficient to reduce that risk, requires the evaluation of inmates places in such confinement by a clinician and a determination as to whether the inmate is a member of a vulnerable population.” Governor Christie vetoed S.51 on December 5, 2016.
Middlesex County Sued and Settles Over Solitary Confinement -2015 -2018 (adults only)