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New York has adopted a law banning more than 15 days in solitary confinement, and is set to become one of the first US states to fall in line with the UN’s Mandela Rules, which define extended solitary as torture.

Imagine if you had to spend years alone in a tiny cell within earshot of others screaming in mental anguish? That is what solitary confinement is like in many US detention facilities that don’t limit the use of isolation.

Candie Hailey, a mother two, has lived through this.

She was sent to Rikers Island Jail in New York in 2012,