In 2014, looking to take a bold step for criminal-justice reform, Mayor de Blasio banned “punitive segregation,” or solitary confinement, for inmates 22 years old and younger. The policy pleased prisoner advocates but left correction officers in a pickle. Now it emerges that the city has worked around the new mandate by transferring unmanageable younger inmates upstate, where the rules against solitary confinement don’t apply. While well-intentioned, the mayor’s policy was ill-advised and impractical. The rule should be rescinded.
The Facts You Need to Know
Curve: Data clearly show that violent criminal behavior is most pronounced between the ages of 16 and 22. Read more.
Violence: Limiting punitive segregation has coincided with increased violence on Rikers Island. Read more.
Incapacitation: Punitive segregation is most commonly used as a response to inmate-on-inmate or inmate-on-staff violence. Read more.
“The majority of violence in our jails is committed by violent inmates who are 21 and under.”
Here are some of my comments on behalf of @NYCCOBA1 from a Board of Correction meeting on October 10, 2016 ahead of the BOC vote to support the department’s effort to eliminate punitive segregation for 18-21 year olds. A big mistake that needs to be reversed pic.twitter.com/hEmSvIzncB— Mark Cranston (@NYCD_Commish) February 12, 2018
The Past is Present
“During the 1960s, a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings opened the way for inmates to bring civil-liberties suits in federal court alleging mistreatment or unlawful conditions in state prisons.”
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