- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City jail officials are asking watchdogs for permission to delay ending solitary confinement for inmates aged 18-21.

Department of Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte (pant) made the request to extend the deadline to June in a letter to the oversight board Friday.

New rules that passed last year exempting young adults from 23-hour isolation as punishment for breaking rules were to go into effect this month.

Ponte has argued the practice is damaging for the 1,000 young adults housed in a single facility because their brains aren’t fully formed.

In his letter, Ponte said officials need more time to train staff and develop programs.

City officials have touted the plan as part of their efforts to turn around the troubled 10,000-inmate jail system.

The board next convenes Tuesday.

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