August 25, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Alexander Reinert, Director of Cardozo’s Center for Rights and Justice. Along with the civil rights law firm Cuti Hecker Wang, Professor Reinert negotiated a multi-million dollar class-action settlement on behalf of more than 450 people subjected to solitary confinement in New York City jails. After 15 months of negotiations the City agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle the case. Professor Reinert is quoted in the New York Daily News about the case saying, “for more than 100 years, we have known that solitary confinement is ineffective and causes untold harms. Thankfully, the City has abandoned the policy and practice that was at issue in this case.” The case was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court and claimed the practices of the City violated the Constitutional rights of pre-trail detainees, and deprived them of due process. 
 
Reinert was also a lead counsel in an earlier case with the New York Civil Liberties Union against New York State in which the State agreed to end the use of solitary confinement for juveniles, pregnant women and people with mental health disorders. “The Constitution requires that people held in prisons and jails be treated with basic decency and humanity," says Reinert. "The use of extreme isolation is fundamentally inconsistent with these constitutional principles, and we must continue to challenge this practice on behalf of the people who are subjected to it every day."
 
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"The Constitution requires that people held in prisons and jails be treated with basic decency and humanity."