Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ex-NBA player works to end solitary confinement in prisons

Former NBA player Caron Butler is among those asking Connecticut's governor to sign a bill that would strictly limit the use of solitary confinement in prison

Caron Butler can easily point to the lowest moment in his life — the days he spent as a teenager locked in a solitary confinement cell inside a juvenile prison.

The former UConn star and NBA player went to Connecticut's state Capitol on Monday to ask Gov. Ned Lamont to sign legislation that would strictly limit the use of solitary confinement and other forms of isolation in prisons.

The bill, which requires almost all inmates be allowed at least 6 1/2 hours out of their cells and also limits the use of certain restraints, received final legislative approval early Sunday. It comes as the state is closing its maximum-security Northern Correctional Institution, which was designed specifically to keep prisoners in isolation.

Butler has been open about his struggles as a youth in Racine, Wisconsin. He dealt drugs and was arrested more than a dozen times before spending more than a year in prison on drug possession and firearms charges.

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