Lawmakers, advocates call for an end to solitary confinement


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates and state lawmakers are calling for the end of solitary confinement in Connecticut’s prisons and jails.

The group “Stop Solitary: Connecticut” held a news conference Tuesday with lawmakers to express support for ending the practice.

A replica solitary cell was also on display in the lobby of the Capitol building.

New Haven Democratic Sen. Gary Winfield said a bill ending the practice could be coming to the Judiciary Committee, which he co-chairs.

James Tillman, who was wrongfully convicted and spent time in solitary, said it was hard being around the display cell because of his trauma associated with his experience within one. 

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