Coalition Defends Sexually Exploited Youth
In a disturbing trend, young people in New York are being enticed into prostitution at very early ages—some as young as 11 or 12. Many are homeless, most have a history of physical or sexual abuse, and all are too young to legally consent to sex. Yet the state’s response is not to provide them with the housing, education and psychological care they need, but to send them to jail.
The Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC), coordinated by the Correctional Association, is leading the effort to create less punitive, more therapeutic responses to sexually exploited youth. Last year, JJC helped defeat legislation that would have increased criminal penalties for youth under the age of 16 who are charged with loitering for prostitution. This year, we have joined with legislators in both the Assembly and the Senate to introduce the Sexually Exploited Young Person’s Protection Act, which will end prosecution of, and provide services to, sexually exploited youth (see above for details). We are very encouraged by the bipartisan support for this bill, and hope that the needed protections for sexually exploited young people will soon be in place.
Correctional Association of New York releases “Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Assn.’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
New York, NY (December 13, 2017): Today The Correctional Assn. of NY (CA), founded in 1844 and one of the oldest prison watchdog organizations in the country, released a 92-page report providing graphic first-hand depictions of physical, mental, and emotional abuse as a result of days, weeks, and often years of being caged in solitary confinement for 23 to 24 hours a day.Read More
Southport Correctional Facility is one of two super-maximum security prisons in the state that places an emphasis on solitary confinement. A new report looking at the facility’s practices is highlighting the negative impact solitary confinement can have on a human. So advocates are making a renewed push for the HALT Act. Joining us to talk [...]Read More
Reports & Research
“Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Association’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
“The isolation itself is torture. Mentally and emotionally, it breaks you down. Spiritually it strips you. The way it is built is to break you down as a person and push your family away.” From “Solitary at Southport” Solitary confinement is torture. New York State subjects people to solitary confinement and other forms of isolation [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More