Experience solitary confinement at prison reform event
From Staten Island Live:
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 a replica of a solitary confinement cell.
The discussions will focus on efforts to end the practice of solitary confinement and how to challenge the prison system.
Those who have been subjected to solitary confinement and incarceration, including women, will discuss their experiences.
The Correctional Association of New York, Coalition for Women Prisoners, JustLeadershipUSA, the Bridge Multi-Cultural Project and Move Forward Staten Island have partnered with CAIC to join in the event.
The CAIC, a non-profit organization, brings together advocates, formerly incarcerated persons, family members of currently incarcerated individuals, concerned community members, lawyers, and individuals in the human rights, health and faith communities throughout New York state.
The panel, which is made up of people directly affected by solitary confinement, has been working with legislators on the HALT bill, which would end solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails.
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Staten Islanders had the opportunity Thursday night to briefly experience one of the hardest parts of our nation’s penal system. A group of advocates brought a makeshift solitary cell to the South Shore YMCA in Eltingville to show people the level of isolation inmates can face. The model was constructed by Doug Van Zandt, of [...]Read More
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