Huffington Post | 01.13.2018

NY book ban to make prisons “safer” draws backlash

New York State Department of Correctional and Community Service (DOCCS) enacted Directive 4911A in December as a pilot project in three New York prisons. Under this Directive, prisoners may only receive packages from six approved vendors (a couple more vendors may be later added), and packages from family members are restricted to non-electrical musical instruments, a wedding ring, and clothing for the prisoner to wear upon release.Read More

The Nation | 12.23.2017

All They Want for Christmas Is a Limit on Solitary Confinement

After being accused of cursing at a corrections officer, Jessica Concepcion, seven months pregnant, spent the Christmas of 2006 in solitary confinement at Bedford Hills, New York’s maximum-security prison for women. Confined to her a cell for 23 consecutive hours, she had no opportunity for any human interaction, let alone a chance to wish her family a merry Christmas.Read More

Capital Tonight News -- Spectrum TV | 12.14.2017

VIDEO: Advocates renew push to end solitary confinement

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.Read More

The Daily Star | 11.05.2017

State struggles to provide prison health care

ALBANY — New York’s complex of 54 state prison facilities is struggling to fill vacant jobs for nurses, doctors and other health care providers. Filling those vacancies and dealing with an aging prison population at facilities across the state have become among the tallest challenges for the $3 billion correctional system, top administrators concede.Read More

Cosmopolitan | 10.26.2017

She Knew She’d Deliver Her Son While She Was in Jail. She Didn’t Expect to Do It in Chains

Melissa Hall couldn’t hold her partner’s hand, so, as she wheezed through painful contractions and obeyed the nurse’s directives to push, push, push, she squeezed the chain shackling her to the hospital bed. When Hall, then 25, went into labor in April 2013, she was two months into a year-long sentence at the Milwaukee County Jail.Read More

Lake Placid News | 10.10.2017

Play reveals injustice of solitary confinement

Cast & crew of “Mariposa and the Saint: Ray Huth, Julia Steele Allen (co-author), Michi Ilona Osato, and Tyrrell Muhammad of the CA. Photo credit: Naj Wikoff Imagine living in and being confined 23 hours a day to an 8-by-14-foot space, which includes your bed, wash basin and toilet. Imagine living there anywhere from 30 days to 30 years.Read More

The Daily News Online | 08.19.2017

Expanding education opportunities in prisons a good idea

Yes, there are people who, given choices, will always choose a life of crime. But there are also people who choose a life of crime because they feel they have no other options. College education for prison inmates can offer another choice and a second chance. New York State’s expansion of educational programming at 17 state prisons is a good idea.Read More

Huffington Post | 08.16.2017

Women In Federal Prisons Are Now Guaranteed Free Tampons And Pads

The Federal Bureau of Prisons issued a memo earlier this month explicitly requiring prisons to provide a range of tampons and pads to incarcerated women, free of charge. While federal prisons already provide limited amounts of feminine hygiene products to inmates at no cost, the availability and quality of supplies vary from facility to facility.Read More

The Times Union | 08.10.2017

State rule requires feminine hygiene products for female detainees

Police lockups will be required to have tampons, sanitary napkins on hand ALBANY — Police lockups will be required to have feminine-hygiene products on hand for female detainees under a new state rule adopted Wednesday. The rule from the state Commission of Correction mandates that tampons and sanitary napkins shall be made available to all female detainees at a facility’s expense.Read More

The New York Times | 08.03.2017

Fishkill Prison Guards Will Not Face Charges in ’15 Death of an Inmate

Federal and local prosecutors said on Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges in the 2015 death of a prisoner at the Fishkill Correctional Facility who died after an altercation with a group of guards there. An autopsy classified the death of the inmate, Samuel Harrell, 30, as a homicide, and the prison had long been identified by inmate advocates as a place where officers routinely abused inmates.Read More