Upstate County Jails Are Challenged for Sending Juveniles to Solitary

A small network of inmate advocates has undertaken an effort to end the practice in some of upstate New York’s county jails.

News Story (New York)

Alan Feuer
New York Times (NYT)
July 31, 2017

Tags: Prisoners Rights, Solitary Confinement

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Central New York


In late June, the New York Civil Liberties Union and a public defenders group in Syracuse settled a class-action lawsuit with officials at the Onondaga County jail, who agreed to stop placing 16- and 17-year-old inmates into solitary confinement. Last week, working alone, the public defenders group, Legal Services of Central New York, sued officials at the Broome County jail, saying the sheriff and other jail officials routinely locked young inmates into 8-by-10 foot cells for 23 hours a day, sometimes for weeks on end.