Support grows for keeping teens out of NY prisons
Support appears to be growing in Albany, N.Y., for legislation that would keep teenagers out of New York’s adult prisons.
Governor Andrew Cuomo backed the “Raise the Age” campaign. Now, Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, has signed on, along with a growing number of police and prosecutors.
They are responding, in part, to the stories of young people like Charles Nunez. He was 17 years old when he was arrested for carrying a handgun that he said he was trying to sell in Harlem. Nunez was sent to Rikers Island, New York City’s adult prison where he said he was quickly targeted by other inmates. “One night when we were locking in to go to sleep, some dude just like hit me while I was walking toward my cell while they were doing count,” Nunez recalled. “He basically just kind of knocked me out, because I like blacked out.” Nunez said he found himself forced to fight again and again — one group of inmate wanted to steal his boots. Others wanted to take his commissary money.
Anjelique Waddington turned her life around after being sentenced to adult prison at the age of 17. She became a leading advocate for reform.
Anjelique Waddington told a similar story. She was seventeen when she got busted for selling drugs and spent the next year and a half in state women’s prisons, often housed side-by-side with adults. “I had to become violent, I had to become evil,” she said. “I had to become an inmate. I became a statistic, what they wanted me to become [in] the system.” Read the entire article by Brian Mann here.
Correctional Association of New York releases “Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Assn.’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
New York, NY (December 13, 2017): Today The Correctional Assn. of NY (CA), founded in 1844 and one of the oldest prison watchdog organizations in the country, released a 92-page report providing graphic first-hand depictions of physical, mental, and emotional abuse as a result of days, weeks, and often years of being caged in solitary confinement for 23 to 24 hours a day.Read More
Southport Correctional Facility is one of two super-maximum security prisons in the state that places an emphasis on solitary confinement. A new report looking at the facility’s practices is highlighting the negative impact solitary confinement can have on a human. So advocates are making a renewed push for the HALT Act. Joining us to talk [...]Read More
Reports & Research
“Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Association’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
“The isolation itself is torture. Mentally and emotionally, it breaks you down. Spiritually it strips you. The way it is built is to break you down as a person and push your family away.” From “Solitary at Southport” Solitary confinement is torture. New York State subjects people to solitary confinement and other forms of isolation [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More