Showing Press in Mental Healthcare and Incarceration

The Daily Beast | 09.15.2016

The Voices Drove Him to Prison, the Prison Drove Him to Suicide

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

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WBAI | 08.11.2016

AUDIO: Rally to End Solitary Confinement

Rally to End Solitary in Harlem. Photo NYC Quaker Outside the New State Office Building in Harlem on a hot summer day, prison reform advocates stand with NYC Quakers. They oppose solitary confinement and demand an end to the inhumane treatment of inmates. Right now about 5000 inmates in NY are in the shu.Read More

The Observer-Dispatch | 07.12.2016

County Jail Wants to Start Program to Help Addicts

Inmates who qualify for the program would receive a shot of the drugVivitrol – which blocks highs from heroin, other opioids and alcohol – two days before release. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office wants to start a program to help inmates beat opioid addiction before they leave county jail. Inmates who choose to go into and qualify for the program would receive a shot of the drug Vivitrol two days before release.Read More

On The Count - WBAI | 07.11.2016

AUDIO: Discussion of “Voices from Clinton” – On The Count (WBAI)

In this show, which aired on July 9th, Jack Beck, Director of the Prison Visiting Project, discusses the latest report from the CA entitled, “Voices from Clinton: First-Hand Accounts of  Brutality, Torture, and Cover-Up from People Incarcerated at an Infamously Abusive New York State Prison.” Listen to the full show here.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

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 | 06.10.2016

AUDIO: Correctional Association Report Alleges Brutality At Prison

The Correctional Association of New York has issued a report that alleges a culture of violence and abuse against prisoners has existed at Clinton Correctional for years. The criminal justice reform group is the only private organization allowed to inspect and report on the state’s prisons.   Its “Voices From Clinton” report issued Thursday found longstanding brutality against prisoners, including suffocation during interrogations and denial of basic rights and living conditions.Read More

Democracy Now! | 04.26.2016

[Video] Family of Samuel Harrell, Killed by “Beat Up Squad” in NY Prison, Holds Hunger Strike for Justice

We speak with family members who have just concluded a five-day hunger strike marking the first anniversary of the death of Samuel Harrell, who died after as many as 20 corrections officers kicked, punched and threw him down a flight of stairs while he was incarcerated at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York.Read More

The New York Times | 04.25.2016

Letter to the Editor: Rogue Prison Guards

To the Editor: Re “New York State Taking On Union of Prison Guards” (front page, April 12): Since 1846, the Correctional Association has monitored and reported to lawmakers and the public on prison conditions, bearing witness to a pervasive and persistent culture of violence and abuse suffered by teenagers, women and men in New York State prisons.Read More

Epoch Times | 03.10.2016

Funneling the Mentally Ill Into the Criminal Justice System

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—Standing in the middle of his prison cell, Masai Giardino Stewart could touch the walls if he outstretched his arms. Throughout the sweltering summer, Stewart was confined in this space for at least 23 hours a day. With no windows, and vents clogged with dust and dirt, Stewart frequently had difficulty breathing.Read More