State prison officials had no immediate response to the solitary confinement resolution.
Corrections Commissioner Brian Fisher was praised by members of the House of Delegates for being receptive on altering prison procedures to find ways to have fewer inmates consigned to solitary, which is known by prison administrators as "special housing units."
The state bar joined the American Bar, the New York City Bar, the New York County Lawyers' Association and the New York Civil Liberties Union in calling for severe restrictions on the use of solitary.
Attorneys John Dunne of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna in Albany and Daniel Kolb of Davis Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan cochaired the taskforce that reported on improving voter participation.
Its main recommendations involve allowing voters to register online, to amend the state Constitution to allow voters to register on Election Day and to allow the pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds as a way to encouraging participation in elections after reaching the legal voting age, 18.
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