The goal of our justice system is meant to be rehabilitation, not punishment.
Solitary confinement, by any name, can irreparably harm people. It is counterproductive, cruel, and it must end. In Connecticut, people of color are more likely to be punished with solitary confinement relative to the overall incarcerated population. In fact, in 2019, Connecticut was the absolute worst state in the nation for disproportionately assigning Black men to solitary.
The PROTECT Act, S.B. 1059, is a bill introduced in 2021 that would end solitary confinement and abusive restraints in the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC), and create an ombudsman for the DOC.