Judge Approves Plan To Reduce Solitary Confinement In NYJudge Shira Scheindlin approved what she called the "historic settlement'' on Thursday. She said she hopes it becomes a model for other states.
New York Agrees To Overhaul Solitary Confinement In PrisonsNew York has agreed to overhaul how solitary confinement is used in state prisons, settling a long-standing lawsuit brought by a civil liberties group.
De Blasio Claims Progress In Reforming Rikers Island's 'Dehumanizing Environment'The mayor says improving conditions on New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex will require deep-seated cultural change.
Feds: More Reforms Needed at Rikers IslandA federal prosecutor cautioned Tuesday that New York City's efforts to curb abuses of youth offenders at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex need to go further.
NYC Jail Boss: No Solitary For Teen Inmates By Dec. 31Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the proposed policy change in a memo to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
Mayor De Blasio Signs Bill To Require Tracking Use Of Solitary ConfinementMayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Thursday.
Investigations Chief At Rikers Island Resigns Amid Brutality ReportFederal reports called Finkle's investigation division ineffectual, understaffed and biased in favor of correction officers.
City Council Passes Bill That Would Require Reports On Rikers Island Solitary ConfinementThe New York City Council has passed a bill that would force correction officials to regularly publish information about Rikers Island inmates in solitary confinement.
Advocates Rally For Jail Reforms As Votes On Solitary Confinement Proposals LoomAdvocates have rallied to call for reforms in New York City jails ahead of votes on two proposals addressing the use of solitary confinement.
Report: Mentally Ill Rikers Inmates Kept In Solitary At Alarming RateA new report paints a grim picture of mentally ill prisoners kept in solitary confinement at Rikers Island, and advocates have expressed hope that it leads to action.
Councilman Disturbed By Use Of Solitary Confinement At Rikers IslandAfter a visit to Rikers Island, City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-25th) has introduced a measure to require the corrections commissioner to post a monthly report on prisoners being held apart from others.