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/.
On Saturday, Jan. 31, a group of concerned activists met at the Ithaca Friends Meeting House on Third Street to discuss this and other problems associated with the use of solitary confinement in New York’s prisons and jails. Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Auburn was the first prison to implement the “Auburn System,” a system of incarceration in which incarcerated people worked in groups during the day, were housed in solitary cells during the night, and lived in enforced silence. Today, Auburn Correctional Facility operates as a maximum security, DOCCS-operated prison for men ages 21 and older.Read More