When Gov. Ned Lamont vetoed the Protect Act in 2021, I was disheartened by his choice to defend the institution of prison over the people in prison. But 2022 brought another opportunity for the measure. The bill was signed into law on May 10 with bipartisan support in both chambers.
What exactly does this bill ask for? It’s designed to ensure that correctional facilities are limited in the use of restraints and isolated confinement. It also includes accountability and transparency on how these measures are used. Contrary to the claims of the opposition, it does not ban the use of restraints or isolation, but rather, it allows their use to be monitored and saved for extreme cases of disruption.