Prison Visiting Project
About the Prison Visiting Project
Since 1846, the Prison Visiting Project (PVP) has carried out the CA’s unique mandate to keep policymakers and the public informed about conditions of confinement that have an impact on the people who are incarcerated, prison staff, communities disproportionately affected by incarceration, and ultimately, society at large.
Each year, PVP visits seven to ten of New York State’s correctional facilities that house men, and issues facility-specific reports on prison conditions to both policymakers and the public, shedding light on problems and promoting effective and humane practices that we observe. In addition to its general prison monitoring efforts, PVP conducts in-depth research on key corrections issues and publishes comprehensive reports of findings and recommendations. The Project also receives, logs, and answers thousands of letters each year from individuals confined in New York prisons.
Based on the information gathered through its monitoring and in-depth research, PVP engages in strategic advocacy and presses for reforms at the level most likely to yield positive results—from working with the executive staff at an individual prison; to urging the state to adopt agency-wide policies, replicate model programs, and institutionalize best practices; to collaborating with formerly incarcerated people, service providers and community organizations to develop more humane prison policies; and to working with state policymakers to enact legislative reforms.
Project staff also make presentations and provide expert testimony at conferences and public forums across the country, and engage in activities aimed at educating the public about prison conditions, the high cost of incarceration and the need for alternatives to incarceration.
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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
ALBANY — New York’s complex of 54 state prison facilities is struggling to fill vacant jobs for nurses, doctors and other health care providers. Filling those vacancies and dealing with an aging prison population at facilities across the state have become among the tallest challenges for the $3 billion correctional system, top administrators concede. In [...]Read More
“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