Daily Mail claims Incarcerated People at Coxsackie say “system works against them”
In numerous letters sent to The Daily Mail by incarcerated individuals at Coxsackie, a maximum security prison for men located in Greene County, New York, have alleged staff mistreatment and a flawed grievance system. Utilizing our unique legislative authority to monitor prisons, the CA visited Coxsackie in May of 2010, and had serious concerns about the high level of tension between staff and incarcerated individuals, resulting in many incarcerated people feeling unsafe in the facility and expressing fears of retaliation and a lack of trust that many prison staff would treat them fairly.
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
Fishkill is supposed to take care of mentally ill people like Ben, who was locked up as a schizophrenic teen. It turned out to be a death sentence. Benjamin Van Zandt’s hellish odyssey through New York’s criminal justice system began when the voices inside his head compelled him to light a neighbor’s house on fire. [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
The Correctional Association of NY released a report on March 31, 2016 about Collins Correctional Facility, highlighting the large number of people with mental illness incarcerated at Collins and the lack of support and programs for these and other people incarcerated at the prison. Collins Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in western New [...]Read More