Dear Governor Murphy,
Isolated confinement, by any name, is immoral, inhumane, and ineffective. There is a better way. The Isolated Confinement Restriction Act (A314/S3261) codifies into law important time limits on isolation as well as crucial protections for vulnerable populations, including people with serious mental illnesses, people with developmental disabilities, pregnant women, and others.
After Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2016, you joined the chorus of faith leaders, advocates, and survivors of the torturous practice when we publicly rebuked him for his cruelty.
The time has come for you to stand behind us once more, joining the will of the people and progressive corrections professionals around the country.
We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to sign The Isolated Confinement Restriction Act into law, immediately.
National Organizations: Amnesty International USA; Human Rights Watch; Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; National Religious Campaign Against Torture; T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; Unlock the Box Campaign; American Civil Liberties Union; Equal Justice Initiative; The Southern Poverty Law Center; Southern Center for Human Rights; LatinoJustice PRLDEF; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH); National Center for Lesbian Rights; Campaign for Youth Justice; Center for Children's Law and Policy; Juvenile Law Center; The Bail Project; Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement;
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Organizations From Other States: NYCAIC; NY State Assoc. of Protestant Chaplains; National Alliance on Mental Health NYS - Criminal Justice; Western New York Peace Center; Prison Family Anonymizes; California Families Against Solitary Confinement; ACLU of Nebraska; All of Us or None-St. Louis Chapter; The Spiritual Awareness Center; Incarcerated Nation; RocACTS Criminal Justice Task Force; Florida Legal Services, Inc.; Rockland Immigration Coalition;
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