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Huffington Post | 06.23.2016

Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene

For incarcerated women in the U.S., the experience of a monthly period can be stressful and demeaning. While jails often supply menstrual products, such as pads and tampons, they are typically poor quality and doled out in limited numbers. If a woman needs more than what’s been allocated for her, she might be able to buy products from the commissary — if she can afford it.Read More

Refinery29 | 06.23.2016

What It’s Like To Get Your Period In Prison

Everyone’s favorite dramedy Orange is the New Black is at its best a show that never fails to pick apart the unfair absurdities of women’s lives. And there is no better example of this than the season 4 plotline about periods. Litchfield’s overcrowding issues reach a critical point: The women’s prison is running out of tampons and maxi pads.Read More

Solitary Watch | 06.23.2016

Widespread Brutality and Solitary Confinement Followed New York Prison Escape, Report Finds

One years after the high-profile escape of two men from Clinton Correctional Facility, the Correctional Association of New York, the state’s oldest prison reform organization, has released a scathing new report on the brutality that followed the escape. Voices from Clinton, documents cruelty often rising to the level of torture, and their subsequent cover up, in one of New York’s largest maximum security prisons.Read More

New York Times | 06.21.2016

New York Makes History, with Tampons and Pads

New York City will make history today with passage of the nation’s first legislative package to ensure access to menstrual products in public schools, shelters and corrections facilities. In doing so, New York has stepped out as a leader in a growing national and global movement for menstrual equity. The city’s new laws acknowledge that the ability to manage menstruation falls squarely at the intersection of sound health, economic and educational policy.Read More

Solitary Watch | 06.21.2016

Voices from Solitary: Solitary Is a Living Death

The Correctional Association of New York recently released Voices from Clinton, a report detailing the abuse and isolation many of the incarcerated people at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, face. (See accompanying post.)  The report follows how punishments and brutality at an already notoriously violent prison have become worse since an escape made by two men in June 2015.Read More

WAMC | 06.10.2016

AUDIO: Correctional Association Releases Report Detailing Inmate Abuse At Clinton Correctional

On Monday the New York State Inspector General issued a report detailing systemic breakdowns that led to the escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional facility in Northern New York.  On Thursday, the Correctional Association of New York released a report detailing violence and abuse against inmates at the maximum security prison.Read More

The North Country Gazette | 06.10.2016

Clinton Prison Report Alleges Violence, Abuse

NEW YORK—A year after the 2015 escape of two men from Clinton Correctional Facility, the Correctional Association of New York, the oldest criminal justice reform organization in the state, released a  , new 36- page report on Clinton Correctional Facility featuring first person narratives, mostly anonymous,  from those incarcerated at the prison.Read More

Times Union | 06.10.2016

Report by advocates alleges abuse after escape

While the state inspector general’s report detailed the factors that contributed to the escape from Clinton Correctional Facility last June, a new report from a prisoner advocacy group levels a number of abuse claims against staff at the maximum-security prison that allegedly occurred in the wake of the escape. The Correctional Association of NY report, largely a compilation of anonymous inmate accounts, contends the June 6, 2015, breakout was followed by an uptick in abusive behavior by employees, plus excessive use of solitary confinement and rampant racism.Read More

WAMC Northeast Public Radio | 06.08.2016

AUDIO: Inspector General Releases Scathing Report On Prison Escape

One year after two convicted murderers escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the New York State Office of the Inspector General released a scathing report on how the prisoners made their escape from the maximum security facility. The no-holds barred report criticizes everything from prison management to state oversight. Read More

Press & Sun Bulletin | 06.07.2016

Prison escape showed “systemic failures,” report says

ALBANY – The prison escape a year ago at the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York that led to a three-week manhunt was the result of “chronic complacency and systemic failures,” a state report Monday found. The long-awaited report from the Inspector General’s Office showed a remarkable plan by the two inmates to coax a female employee and a male prison guard into providing them tools for their escape.Read More