Bureau of Prisons to assess solitary confinement practices
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has agreed to a comprehensive and independent assessment of its use of solitary confinement in the nation’s federal prisons.
This first-ever review of federal segregation policies comes after Senator Dick Durbin chaired a hearing last year on the human rights, fiscal and public safety consequences of solitary confinement. Jack Beck, the director of the Correctional Association’s Prison Visiting Project, provided testimony last year for that hearing, outlining the extensive and expanding abuse of solitary confinement in New York prisons and its devastating impact, particularly on those suffering from mental illness.
Read more about this important development in a press release issued by the office of Senator Dick Durbin on February 4, 2013.
Last month the Prison Visiting Project (PVP) testified before the NY Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding New York’s prison system and the fundamental reforms needed to end the torture of solitary confinement for incarcerated youth and all people. Read More
In response to the recent New York City Department of Corrections (NYDOCS) announcement that they would end the placement in solitary confinement of 16- and 17-year olds jailed at Rikers Island, Angelo Pinto, Campaign Manager of the Raise the Age Campaign of the CA’s Juvenile Justice Project, penned a powerful opinion piece in The Crime Report.Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Auburn was the first prison to implement the “Auburn System,” a system of incarceration in which incarcerated people worked in groups during the day, were housed in solitary cells during the night, and lived in enforced silence. Today, Auburn Correctional Facility operates as a maximum security, DOCCS-operated prison for men ages 21 and older.Read More