Capitol Watch: Suicide prevention, solitary confinement

In New York state government news, lawmakers are entering the final three weeks of their legislative session with a hearing on suicide prevention.

Posted: Jun 2, 2019 6:30 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In New York state government news, lawmakers are entering the final three weeks of their legislative session with a hearing on suicide prevention.

Tuesday's hearing in Albany was called following research that found higher rates of suicide among certain groups, such as black children.

Democrat David Carlucci chairs the Senate's Committee on Mental Health, one of two of the panels holding the hearing. He says he hopes to identify better ways to ensure all New Yorkers have access to the mental health help they need.

Meanwhile, supporters of legislation that would limit solitary confinement in prisons to 15 days are hoping the bill squeaks by before lawmakers adjourn. A majority of lawmakers have already signed on to the bill, but it faces stiff opposition from correctional workers.

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