Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Peoples v. Annucci

Peoples v. Annucci

Peoples v. Annucci, 180 F. Supp. 3d 294 (S.D.N.Y. 2016).

“In 2012, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) sued DOCCS over its solitary confinement practices. This lawsuit resulted in a court-ordered settlement agreement requiring broad changes to disciplinary segregation, the most common form of solitary.

The Peoples settlement accomplished three major reforms:

  • Reduced the number of people who could be placed in disciplinary segregation by eliminating it as a punishment option for some petty rule violations;
  • Established guidelines limiting the number of days people could be sentenced to solitary for each type of rule violation and created new mechanisms for early release; and
  • Improved conditions by allowing people in solitary confinement to call their families and have greater access to reading materials and radios, among other improvements.”

New York Civil Liberties Union. Trapped Inside: The Past, Present, And Future of Solitary Confinement In New York. New York: New York Civil Liberties Union, 2019.

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Keywords: DOCCS, conditions, litigation, Richardson, Fenton