College of Law Hosts Panel Discussion on Solitary Confinement

Posted on Monday 3/13/2017

The Criminal Law Society, along with Professors Todd Berger, Sanjay Chhablani, Lauryn Gouldin and Cora True-Frost, recently hosted a panel discussion on the use of solitary confinement in the criminal justice system. The event, attended by both students and members of the local community, focused largely on Legal Services of Central New York’s litigation, with the NYCLU, against the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office regarding the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.

Panelist were: Associate Professor of Law Cora True-Frost; Josh Cotter, staff attorney at Legal Services of Central New York; and, Betsy Sterling, PAIMI Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Director at Disability Rights New York and adjunct College of Law professor. Associate Professor of Law Lauryn Gouldin served as moderator. 

Professor True-Frost spoke on juvenile solitary confinement from an international human rights law perspective. Sterling discussed solitary confinement as it relates to individuals affected by mental illness and her work in three prior federal lawsuits and through state legislative reforms to change state practices. Cotter provided background on his involvement in the pending litigation.

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