WBAI On The Count | 02.10.2018

AUDIO: Solitary at Southport on “On the Count”

On Saturday, February 10, Tyrrell Muhammad was joined by Scott Paltrowitz, both of the CA, on WBAI’s  “On The Count” radio broadcast, to discuss and read excerpts from the recently released report, “Solitary at Southport.” Southport Correctional Facility is one of the two super-maximum security prisons in NYS with the primary purpose of holding people in solitary or isolated  confinement. Read More

US News and World Report | 02.02.2018

Prison Contraband Seizures Up, Guards Say More Can Be Done

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The union representing New York correction officers says new security methods are needed to reduce the amount of contraband smuggled into state prisons, while prison officials say more prohibited items are being seized than ever before. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said this week that the number of incidents involving contraband at the state’s 54 prisons more than doubled over the last decade, from 2,540 incidents in 2008 to 5,231 incidents last year.Read More

Albany Times Union | 01.15.2018

Cuomo’s prison package crackdown is suspended

Following an outcry from prison-reform advocates and a flurry of news reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he was suspending an initiative that sharply limited the content of care packages that inmates can receive in state prisons. Reform advocates said the program, in which friends and families of inmates had to send items through private vendors, was too restrictive and would cut off contact between prisoners and their families.Read More

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