Prison Visiting Project
In conjunction with regular monitoring visits, the CA conducts intensive investigations of key, system-wide corrections issues. In-depth research enables the CA to draw attention to and effectively address broad policies and practices—such as medical and mental healthcare for people in prison; the impact of long-term isolation on individuals in disciplinary confinement; and substance abuse treatment services in prison.
Carried out over the course of several years, this in-depth research is informed by expert advisory boards with consultation from professional researchers in developing survey instruments and analyzing data. At the end of each study, the CA publishes a detailed report of findings and recommendations, which form the basis of strategic, long-term advocacy campaigns to reform the state’s policies and practices on a given issue.
Selected In-Depth Research Reports:
Reproductive Injustice: The State of Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons, a 2015 report based on a five-year period of interviews with 950 incarcerated women, 20 visits to prisons housing women in New York, data from over 1,550 surveys, and reviews of medical charts, reveals a shockingly poor standard of care.
• Treatment Behind Bars 2007-2010: Substance Abuse Treatment in New York State Prisons, a comprehensive study of substance abuse treatment in New York’s prisons.
• Healthcare in New York State Prisons – 2004-2007, an in-depth report analyzing the quality and consistency of medical care in the State’s correctional facilities.
(August 14, 2018) Two groups that advocate on behalf of prisoners issued a report Tuesday charging that the New York State Parole Board is seriously understaffed. It also asserted that two of the board's commissioners are biased against inmates who've committed violent crimes.Read More
Ever wonder what it’s like to be in solitary confinement? The New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is hosting an exhibition on injustice in the prison system on Thursday at the South Shore YMCA in Eltingville. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., and will have a panel presentation, discussion and [...]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