- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers have approved restricting the use of solitary confinement in the state’s jails.

The state Assembly passed the measure on Thursday and it now heads to Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s desk to consider.

The measure would require facilities to only use solitary confinement as a last resort and prohibit it for more than 15 consecutive days or 20 over a 60-day period.

It also bans the tactic for those with mental illness and people with some disabilities. Inmates would have to receive a comprehensive medical and mental health examination first.

The measure passed, 45-26, with one abstention.

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