NY Lawmakers, Advocates, and Survivors of Solitary Confinement Join to Announce Introduction of New Bill to Limit Use of Solitary in Prisons and Jails
MEDIA ADVISORY: PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: Friday, January 31, 10:30 am
WHERE: Judson Memorial Church, Meeting Room Balcony
55 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets)
Assembly Member Jeffrion L. Aubry (D, 35th District, Queens), Assembly sponsor
Senator Bill Perkins (D, 30th District, Harlem), Senate sponsor
City Council Member Daniel Dromm (D, 25th District, Queens)
Five Mualimm-ak, survivor of solitary confinement in New York prisons
Family members of individuals currently in solitary confinement
Scott Paltrowitz, Correctional Association of New York and Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement
Claire Deroche, National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Campaign for Alternatives to Solitary Confinement
The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act.
Just introduced in the New York State Assembly (A08588) and Senate (S06466), this pioneering bill is being hailed by supporters as the most comprehensive and progressive legislative response to date to the nationwide problem of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. As written, it would virtually eliminate a practice that has been increasingly denounced as both dangerous and torturous, while protecting the safety of incarcerated individuals and corrections staff. More than 5,000 people are currently being held in solitary and other forms of isolated confinement in New York’s state prisons and local jails.
On hand and available for interview will be the bill’s Assembly and Senate sponsors and other legislators, along with individuals who have personally experienced solitary confinement, family members of those currently in solitary, and advocates from the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement who were instrumental in drafting the bill.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Scott Paltrowitz, 212-254-5700, spaltrowitz[@]correctionalassociation.org
Jennifer Parish, (646) 602-5644, jparish[@]urbanjustice.org
Five Mualimm-ak, 646-294-8331, endthenewjimcrow[@]gmail.com
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