Public comments for: Amendment of Minimum Standards Concerning Restrictive Housing

Comments

Comment:
Full testimony attached.
Agency: BOC
Comment:
We demand that the Board of Corrections take this oversight role seriously, and implement the Blueprint to End Solitary Confinement. The Blueprint asks this Board to do five things: Ensure that the Board of Correction minimum standards for out-of-cell time apply to all people in city jails (other than in specified emergencies), by removing exceptions to those standards for punitive segregation and Enhanced Supervision Housing (ESH) units; Create minimum standards for emergency individual lock-ins and emergency lockdowns; End punitive segregation and make ESH and any other alternative units actually about safety, rehabilitation, and prevention of violence; Adopt specific mechanisms and time limits for getting out of ESH and any other alternatives units; and Dramatically limit use of restraints with a strong presumption against their use. We believe that everyone of these things are reforms that New York City can, and must, implement. Lastly, within the rule proposed by the Board, there are some reforms we support: ● Requires individualized plan and placement reviews for people in restrictive housing (6-14, 6-15, 6-21, 6-22) and a presumption of advancement to less restrictive levels/housing units (6-15(1)(3), 6-22(f)) ● Requires DOC to notify the public when emergency lockdowns result in visits being canceled or delayed (6- 06(c)) ● Requires that a person’s criminal defense attorney be notified when charged with an infraction that could result in punitive segregation time (6-30(b)(7)) ● Prohibits mental health and other health encounters from taking place at a person’s cell and requires that individuals in restrictive housing be taken to the clinic for scheduled appointments (6-27) ● Ends the automatic $25 fine imposed for every disciplinary infraction (6-07(c)) ● Eliminates exceptions to rules regarding correspondence for people in ESH so that they have the same protections as others in custody (1-11(c)(6) and (d)((1)) ● Prevents DOC from creating new restrictive housing units without informing the Board (6-39) ● Requires reporting on all parts of the rules regarding restrictive housing Thank you for your work.
Agency: BOC
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Agency: BOC