“Revisiting Attica Shows How New York Failed to Fulfill Promises”
Today’s article (8/26) in The New York Times, “Revisiting Attica Shows How New York Failed to Fulfill Promises,” provides even further justification for why New York must finally and permanently close Attica C.F. This September marks the 45th anniversary of the rebellion at Attica and its violent suppression by the State. As the article points out, although there has been some minor progress in certain areas within the state’s corrections department, 45 years later the core overarching system of racist brutality and abuse remains at Attica.
For years and decades, the Correctional Association has documented in report after report the pervasive and extreme staff brutality, widespread use of solitary confinement, and overall racist culture and environment of intimidation passed on from generation to generation at this infamous prison. Despite numerous reports, commissions, recommendations, books, and other attention, Attica has not changed. The only way to stop the abuses is to close Attica immediately.
Please join the Correctional Association and other organizations and individuals who are part of Beyond Attica: Close Prisons, Build Communities for an Action to Close Attica on Sept 8 outside the Governor’s NYC office at 12:30 pm (633 Third Ave, at 41st St). Please RSVP for the action here and have your group or organization endorse the action by emailing email@example.com.
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
The Prosecution of Noor Salman, Pulse Shooter’s Widow, Highlights the Criminalization of Domestic Abuse Survivors
The first time Noor Salman told her aunt about the abuse she’d suffered at the hands of her husband was also the first time she found herself free of him. It was June 2016, just five days after her husband, Omar Mateen, had walked into Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened fire, killing 49 people [...]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