New Jersey

New Jersey S. 51 – Isolated Confinement in Correctional Facilities – was introduced by Senator Lesniak and received bipartisan support in 2016. The bill 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 the bill on December 5, 2016.

In 2018, a similar bill was introduced: NJ A 314, or the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act.