Correctional Association Joins Campaign to Challenge Solitary Confinement
The Correctional Association joined with dozens of organizations to launch the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC).
CAIC is a state-wide campaign of organizations, formerly incarcerated people, family members of people in prison, and concerned community members challenging the torturous abuse of solitary confinement.
CAIC believes we need legislative action to dismantle the current system of solitary in New York prisons and jails, and engages in public education and community outreach to organize support for that end.
As a long-time leader on the issue of solitary confinement in New York, the Correctional Association is excited to help launch CAIC and continue to build a movement for change.
We urge you to join us in this important campaign.
The CA has been monitoring the high rates of suicide and self-harm in the state prisons for more than a decade and has repeatedly drawn attention to excessively high rates of harm at certain prisons and in specific locations, such as solitary confinement and residential mental health units, to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the legislature in the CA’s reports and legislative testimonies. DOCCS suicide rate from 2010-16 was 56% higher than the national average for all US prisons.Read More
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“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”
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