At the end of March 2021, New York finalized the HALT solitary confinement act. This victory comes over 8 years after the start of the HALT campaign to end the practice completely. And, well, that’s part of the issue. They’re not ending it completely.
Prison survivor Victor Pate puts it like this: “People who do not have a mental health issue before being placed in solitary often … come out with some type of damage that continues long after."
So, New York, if the goal is to protect people with mental health issues from solitary, why continue to create those issues for people who didn’t have them before?
We must invest in initiatives to help incarcerated people get jobs, housing, and other resources post-release. And then? Abolishing this system whose true intention is to continue torturing our people.