Reentry Programs in New York State Prisons: Queensboro and Orleans Correctional Facilities
Each year 27,000 inmates—nearly 40 percent of the prison population—return home from prison. Reentering society is often a difficult transition, especially for individuals with long prison terms as many of their communities have evolved and changed over time. How well inmates are prepared for their reentry has a significant impact on their overall success on the outside and on the quality of life in their communities. For this reason, DOCCS launched reentry programs for male prisoners at Queensboro, Orleans, and Hudson Correctional Facilities. The missions of these programs are to ease individuals’ transition from confinement to freedom by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed in their communities, including assistance in connecting to services such as housing, employment, mental and medical health care, and substance abuse treatment.
The CA has been monitoring the high rates of suicide and self-harm in the state prisons for more than a decade and has repeatedly drawn attention to excessively high rates of harm at certain prisons and in specific locations, such as solitary confinement and residential mental health units, to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the legislature in the CA’s reports and legislative testimonies. DOCCS suicide rate from 2010-16 was 56% higher than the national average for all US prisons.Read More
If New York state were punishing misbehaving prisoners by pulling out their fingernails, I believe our local senators and assemblymen would put a stop to this. Yet the legislature continues to allow the extended use of solitary confinement in prisons. Make no mistake, this is torture. Don’t take my word for it. Go spend 15 [...]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