Firm Client Advocates for New Law to Reform Solitary Confinement in New York State Prisons
- March 22, 2021
Firm client Darlene McDay hailed the passage on March 18, 2021 of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act after the New York State Senate voted to pass the new law. The statute limits the time a person in state prison can spend in segregated confinement and ends the use of solitary confinement on vulnerable people. Ms. McDay is the mother of Dante Taylor, a 22-year old man who died at Wende Correctional Facility on October 7, 2017, after prolonged solitary confinement and assault by staff. Since her son’s death, Ms. McDay has become a member of the HALT solitary confinement campaign and joined their efforts to advocate for the passage of the legislation.