Rockefeller Drug Law Victory
On April 24, 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law significant reforms marking the beginning of the end of New York’s notorious Rockefeller Drug Laws.
The deal for reform came three weeks after the CA’s Drop the Rock Advocacy Day in Albany—where advocates delivered 30,000 petitions supporting repeal to Governor Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith— and only two days after a rally calling for the end of the drug laws outside of Governor Paterson’s New York City office. In a dramatic scene, over two hundred people gathered at the same site where in 2002, Paterson—at the time a State Senator from Harlem—was arrested in an act of civil disobedience aiming to put pressure on then-Governor George Pataki.
Many organizations and individuals participated in the collective effort that led to this victory for families and communities in New York, but one figure stands out: Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry. “Aubry’s leadership over the past 15-plus years has been marked by courage, wisdom, impressive steadiness, and a smart, strategic sense. The dedication of his full heart and mind to the cause is inspiring, and was critical to the eventual effectiveness of our collective efforts,” says CA Executive Director Robert Gangi.
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
To the Editor: Re “Serving as a Role Model During a Father’s Absence” (The Neediest Cases, Dec. 21): It’s nice to see young Jaylen benefit from the MentorCHIP program. But children whose parents are incarcerated need regular visits with their parents. Studies show that children’s emotional, scholastic and social adjustment improve when they have regularly [...]Read More
“Prison Within Prison: Voices of Women Held In Isolated Confinement in New York” is a collection of oral and visual observations from twenty women about their experiences being held in isolated confinement in New York’s women’s prisons and Rikers Island. They are advocates and leaders on a range of issues in the movement to end [...]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