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.
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, N.Y. (AP) — The union representing New York correction officers says new security methods are needed to reduce the amount of contraband smuggled into state prisons, while prison officials say more prohibited items are being seized than ever before. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said this week that the number of incidents [...]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