Tell Governor Youngkin to amend solitary confinement bills HB2487 and SB 887
The ACLU of Virginia has been working to end solitary confinement for years, so we were delighted to read recent headlines heralding the end of solitary confinement in Virginia.
There's just one problem: the bill language currently on Governor Youngkin's desk won't necessarily improve conditions for people incarcerated in Virginia.
A strong solitary bill would:
- Include a time limit preventing people from being held in solitary longer than 15 days in a given 60-day period.
- Apply these time limits to all units in which people could be locked in their cell for more than 20 hours, no matter what name VADOC uses for them.
- Narrowly limit the reasons why people can be placed in solitary confinement.
The current bills do none of those things. Instead, the bill language currently before Governor Youngkin could give VADOC more discretion to put people in solitary, and it provides no enforcement mechanism for transparency or for people in solitary to challenge their placement there.
We need you to act now. Tell Governor Youngkin to amend the solitary bills to include real reform.
Governor Glenn Youngkin