“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(August 26, 2018) New York Times: The inmates at North Carolina’s Hyde Correctional Institution hung three banners from the prison fence last week as supporters gathered outside. One sign asked for better food; another requested parole; the third said, “In solidarity.” The protest came in support of a nationwide prisoner strike to call attention to the low inmate wages, decrepit facilities and harsh sentences that organizers say plague prison populations across the country. Read More
Staten Islanders had the opportunity Thursday night to briefly experience one of the hardest parts of our nation’s penal system. A group of advocates brought a makeshift solitary cell to the South Shore YMCA in Eltingville to show people the level of isolation inmates can face. The model was constructed by Doug Van Zandt, of [...]Read More
WOMEN AND ISOLATED CONFINEMENT Women held in isolated confinement are subjected to dehumanizing treatment—treatment that makes it difficult for them to maintain their dignity, hygiene, nutrition and personal property. They can get in trouble for something as simple as attempting to talk to the person next to them. They are denied commissary privileges which provide [...]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