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.
The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse -- and in some cases, loss of life -- will continue.Read More
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Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More