Data shows many NY prisoners illegally being kept in solitary for too long

According to newly released data, the New York State Prison Department has been violating the HALT Solitary Confinement Act.

The data required to be released under the law says that 46% of people in solitary confinement have been illegally held beyond the 15 consecutive day maximum allowed by the act. Some have been held in solitary for up to 72 consecutive days.

Despite initial implementation efforts, the number of people held in prolonged solitary confinement increased over 11,000% since the law was enacted.