Gavin Newsom vetoes bill to end indefinite solitary confinement in California, citing safety concerns

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Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Thursday to limit solitary confinement in California’s jails, prisons and private detention centers, rejecting advocates’ hopes to restrict a practice that many experts have likened to torture.

In his Assembly Bill 2632 veto statement, Newsom said he supported “limiting the use of segregated confinement” but claimed the measure was too expansive.

“Segregated confinement is ripe for reform in the United States — and the same holds true in California. AB 2632, however, establishes standards that are overly broad and exclusions that could risk the safety of both the staff and incarcerated population within these facilities,” he said.

Newsom said he would direct the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation “to develop regulations that would restrict the use of segregated confinement except in limited situations, such as where the individual has been found to have engaged in violence in the prison.”

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