Last year, inmates in the state system were placed in "solitary" more than 13,000 times, according to a new study produced by the NYCLU.
That's according to Dan Macentee, spokesman for state Senator Betty Little.
According to Macentee,...
"And in NY state, it's doled out far too often, for far too long, and with far too little process and safeguards against abuse."
Much of the report's criticism is leveled at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone which has more than a thousand beds in solitary confinement cells.
State prison commissioner Brian Fischer issued a statement yesterday saying that solitary confinement is an important tool to help maintain discipline in prisons and to keep guards an inmates safe.
"The possession of drugs, cell phones and weapons pose a serious threat within this and any other prison system."
But Fisher also said that an "intense review" of solitary confinement policies in state prisons began last month.