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NBA Player Caron Butler Pushes Lamont To Sign Solitary Confinement Reform Bill

Former UConn and NBA star Caron Butler speaks at a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol on Monday, June 7, 2021, in Hartford.
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Former UConn and NBA star Caron Butler speaks at a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol on Monday in Hartford.

Former NBA star and UConn basketball player Caron Butler urges Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to sign a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement.

The PROTECT Act would require almost all incarcerated people to be allowed at least six and half hours out of their cells.

Butler served in solitary confinement as a teenager. He said it is "dehumanizing.”

"My experiences of being in the hole for over 12 days and it really did something to me. It really broke me,” Butler said.

The bill received final legislative approval from the House this week and awaits Lamont’s signature.