New Look At Solitary
From Albany Times Union:
A chorus of prison watchdog groups is describing New York’s solitary confinement practices as some of the worst in the nation. Reams of testimony were submitted earlier this summer for a U.S. Senate hearing on solitary confinement, an extreme form of isolation used in prisons and jails around the country — generally the most severe disciplinary measure in American correctional institutions. Inmates remain in a cell about the size of a bathroom for 23 hours a day with little to no human contact.
The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse -- and in some cases, loss of life -- will continue.Read More
Fishkill is supposed to take care of mentally ill people like Ben, who was locked up as a schizophrenic teen. It turned out to be a death sentence. Benjamin Van Zandt’s hellish odyssey through New York’s criminal justice system began when the voices inside his head compelled him to light a neighbor’s house on fire. [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More