2019 New Mexico House Bill HB 364
During the 2019 legislative session, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 364, also known as the Corrections Restricted Housing Act. The law prohibits the use of restricted housing—defined by the legislature as holding someone in a cell alone for 22 or more hours a day—for juveniles and people with serious mental illness. It also mandates that the New Mexico Corrections Department, local jail systems, and private prisons operating in New Mexico issue quarterly reports regarding the use of restricted housing in their facilities. Reports should include how many people are in restricted housing, lengths of stays in restricted housing units, and official’s plans to move people out of these units. Private prisons must also provide information on lawsuit settlements to boards of commissioners in the counties where the prisons are located.
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