On March 18, 2021, the senate passed the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act (also referred to as “HALT” or “The HALT Solitary Confinement Act”). This state law mandates the limited use of segregated confinement for all incarcerated individuals, encourages alternative solutions and prohibits the denial of essential services. Most importantly, this law will ensure incarcerated individuals defined as “Special population” are not subjected to segregated confinement.
Closely adapting the provisions of The Mandela Rules (the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners), New York State is attempting to reform the criminal justice system, reduce recidivism and replace common discipline practices with rehabilitative treatment.
As an accredited facility, Dutchess County Jail will ensure continued compliance with all state mandated regulations. As one (1) of the requirements of this newly passed law, Dutchess County Jail will publish an up-to-date report of all incarcerated individuals in segregated confinement. Said report will include semi-annual and annual cumulative information.
For more information on the HALT Solitary Confinement Act, please visit http://www.nysenate.gov