Out-of-cell time in Restorative Housing Units

The New Jersey Office of the Independent Ombuds conducted an in-depth analysis of solitary confinement in the state’s four prisons and issued this report, which details the Office’s findings and recommendations. Notably, the Ombuds’ office found that—despite the state’s 2019 Isolated Confinement Restriction Act prohibiting prisons and jails in the state from holding someone in solitary confinement for more than 20 hours/day—700+ people are confined to their cells for 22-23 hours on any given day in the Department’s restorative housing units. In the report, the Ombuds describes the barriers the Department has faced with implementing the 2019 law and recommends a handful of policy and practice changes that could address the problem.

View all of the New Jersey Office of the Independent Ombuds reports