A group of 12+ New York activists went on hunger strike through the end of New York State’s legislative session in order to advocate for the HALT Solitary Confinement Act. The #HaltSolitary hunger strike aimed to bring attention to the lack of urgency shown by New York legislature. The bill would the use of solitary confinement, create alternative therapeutic and rehabilitative confinement options, limit the length of time individuals can be held in solitary confinement, and prohibit the use of solitary confinement for certain vulnerable individuals. Victor Pate, a campaign organizer, said he was held in solitary confinement for two years. From his experience, Pate said prisoners in solitary often don’t get fed, and the hunger strikes brings awareness to their treatment.
Read more about #HaltSolitary here, and stay apprised regarding the HALT Solitary Confinement Act here. Latest updates to the New York HALT Solitary Confinement Act are continued in the Legislative News “State News” section of this newsletter.