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Activists protest solitary confinement outside Gracie Mansion

WINS Radio New York logo WINS Radio New York 11/19/2019 Elise Czajkowski
a group of people holding a sign © Provided by Entercom Radio, LLC NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Prison activists held a protest outside Gracie Mansion on Tuesday morning, calling for the Mayor Bill de Blasio to end solitary confinement in New York City.

A coalition of activists from the NYC Jails Action Coalition, The Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and JustLeadership USA protested outside the mayor's home on E. 88th St. They constructed a makeshift confinement cell on the sidewalk.

Calls to end solitary confinement have grown following the death of Layleen Polanco in solitary confinement over the summer.

Pprotestors demanded that the mayor implement the Jails Action's "A Blueprint for Ending Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails", which includes creating plans to transition out all isolated inmates, ensuring sufficient out-of-cell time for all prisoners and limiting use of restraints.

In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York would move to limit the use of solitary confinement in state prisons.

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