Town Hall on Solitary Confinement in New York
Each year, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) sentences thousands upon thousands of incarcerated people to spend months, and even years, in Special Housing Units (SHU), where they are subject to extreme forms of isolation and deprivation. Each year, 25,000 people, many of whom will have spent significant amounts of time in a SHU cell, are released from New York prisons to return home.
On Thursday, October 4th, join state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated and their families for a Town Hall discussion about the use of solitary confinement in New York State prisons and New York City jails and avenues for change.
Where: Adam Clayton Powell Building
163 W. 125 St. at 7th Avenue in Manhattan
8th Floor, Conference Room B
(Note: You will need to show ID to gain access to the building).
When: Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Endorsed by Correctional Association of New York, Metropolitan New York Religious Campaign Against Torture, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, New York City Jails Action Coalition, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State Prisoner Justice Network, Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, Solitary Watch, Urban Justice Center. For more info, please visit www.nyclu.org/event and http://solitarywatch.com/events/.
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
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More