Safe Passages: the CA’s Unique New Program
In the fall of 2006, under the leadership of Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) Associate DeAvery Irons, JJP launched Safe Passages, a leadership training and community organizing program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth affected by incarceration. Created in the model of JJP’s successful Each One, Teach One program, Safe Passages is designed not only to strengthen JJP’s ability to affect substantive policy reforms for youth, but to provide a safe environment for LGBT youth to realize their power and capacity to create change in their communities and in their own lives. One of the program’s principal goals is to educate lawmakers, administrators, and other young people on the devastating effects of homophobia on court-involved LGBT youth. Safe Passages is the first and only program training LGBT youth to advocate for juvenile justice reform in the nation.
John J. Lennon, a contributing writer at The Marshall Project, has written for Vice, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He is currently in Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. He will be eligible for parole in 2029. Joe Cardo was out hunting for half-smoked cigarettes. From my perch at the white-boys’ table of the A Block [...]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