Advocates rally ahead of NYC vote on 2 proposals addressing jails' use of solitary confinement


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NEW YORK — Advocates have rallied to call for reforms in New York City jails ahead of votes on two proposals addressing the use of solitary confinement.

City Councilman Daniel Dromm stood with jail reformers at a news conference Monday. A vote is set Thursday on legislation he's proposed.

One proposal would require jail officials to post monthly statistics on the use of solitary, including how often it is doled out, sentence lengths and injuries suffered there.

The other would end the practice of carrying over, between jail stints, an inmate's time owed in solitary for breaking jailhouse rules.

About 600 of the roughly 11,500 inmates in the nation's second-largest jail system are in punitive segregation for 23 hours a day.

Commissioner Joseph Ponte (PAHNT') has vowed to reform the city's jails.

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