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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday new restrictions on the use of solitary confinement at New York City jails.

It is also known as “punitive segregation.”

Following the death by suicide of Kalief Browder, New York City banned the use of solitary confinement for young people.

Browder was jailed at Rikers for three years for a crime he was never convicted of. He took his own life in 2015.

“We all remember the tragedy of Kalief Browder. We acted on the lesson of that tragedy. He did not die in vain,” the mayor said.

De Blasio also cited the death of Layleen Polanco, who he said “should not have been in Rikers to begin with. Layleen Polanco should not have been in solitary confinement.”

The mayor said 17 correction officers have been disciplined and four suspended without pay following her death.

The mayor announced more changes to the use of solitary confinement.

“Effective immediately, people with underlying medical conditions will not be subject to punitive segregation and solitary confinement,” he said.

Serious mental illness and pregnancy had already been considered underlying conditions that would prohibit solitary confinement.

The list is now expanded to include:

  • Asthma
  • Seizure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Transplant status
  • Treatment with blood thinner
  • Disability (wheelchair, walker, blind or deaf)

“We have to go farther. So let’s take the next step. Let’s end solitary confinement altogether,” he said.

The mayor said he is appointing a four person working group to work on a plan to end solitary confinement altogether. He said he expects that group to report back in the fall with details about what it would take to end punitive segregation in jails.

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COVID-19 : Coronavirus I Fines of up to 600 euros for skipping confinement in Segrià

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After the decision was made on Saturday to confine the Segrià region, in Lleida, the minister Miquel Buch He has reported this Sunday that fines will be imposed for anyone who does not respect the confinement and skips the rules imposed by the authorities.

Europa Press has collected an interview that Buch has given to Catalunya Ràdio in which he explained that the confinement in Segrià has a device “similar” to the one deployed in the Conca d’Òdena (Barcelona), although then displacements for work reasons were not allowed and now they are.

As for economic activity, Buch has stated that the premises will be able to open normally this Monday: “In principle, economic activity has not stopped.”


The Minister also wanted to make it clear that the decision of the confinement has been made in a consensual way and “with all the weight and force of the data, the experience and the knowledge of the experts.”

“What we do is, as the data gives us a certain criticism, we activate all the emergency services, while medical decisions are the responsibility of the Ministry of Health,” said Buch.

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