New York Republican candidate for governor Rep. Lee M. Zeldin, R-Long Island, speaks during his election night party at the Coral House on June 28 in Baldwin, Nassau County. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/TNS

Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee M. Zeldin is demanding Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul release data on assaults on correctional officers — information that’s already publicly available — since a solitary confinement reform law took effect on April 1.

The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act, known as HALT, was approved by the Democratic-led state legislature and signed by former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The law’s main provisions include a limit on how long incarcerated individuals may be placed in segregated confinement — no more than 15 days — and the creation of rehabilitation units intended to be an alternative to segregated confinement.

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I have an idea for how to use solitary confinement to make prisons easier to manage without denying anyone their rights. Make voluntary solitary confinement a way (the only way?) to serve your time faster. Spend a year in voluntary solitary confinement (maybe with occasional mandatory counseling sessions as your only human contact) and it takes two years off your sentence. Want to not do that? Stay longer.

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