This is the second year in a row lawmakers have passed a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement in prison and jails.
The incarcerated testified on a bill that would reduce the use of solitary confinement and establish independent oversight of the DOC.
The Judiciary Committee agreed to hold a public hearing on solitary confinement. An hour earlier, the DOC commissioner said it didn’t exist in Connecticut prisons.
The lockdown at Manson has advocates worried that incarcerated youth aren’t getting the services they need – or being vaccinated.
The revisions are the latest response to Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order that the DOC change its solitary confinement practices.
The Department of Correction estimates that about 780 people in Connecticut prisons and jails are members of a “vulnerable population.”
Connecticut had a prison ombudsman for 37 years. The PROTECT Act would have staffed the office. Then Lamont vetoed it.
The commissioner of Connecticut’s prison system says he wants to “significantly reduce the use of in-cell restraints.”
Gov. Ned Lamont vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have set statutory limits on the use of solitary confinement in prisons.
Former UConn star and NBA coach Caron Butler was among those pressing Lamont to sign the bill
The measure passed 26-10 over Republican objections that the bill handcuffs corrections officers and makes prisons less safe.
The brief dialogue previewed the potential fight to get the bill passed through the House and Senate.
Attorneys for prisoners want the lawsuit to go on while negotiations continue. A federal judge heard arguments Thursday.
One man wrote from his cell at Northern that solitary confinement is a “prison system within a prison system.”
The proposal would create a mechanism for the oversight of DOC procedures, and strengthen incarcerated people’s social bonds to their communities and families.