Sing Sing Correctional Facility
The Correctional Association (CA) visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility on April 27 and 28, 2009. Sing Sing is a maximum security prison located in Ossining, New York, 35 miles north of New York City. At the time of our visit, the facility had an inmate population of 1,730 men, 1,579 of whom were in general confinement, and a capacity to house 1,803 men. The population decreased from 2,300 inmates at the time of our last visit in 2003, largely due to the closing of the facility’s “Tappan” building. The facility also has a 30-bed Special Housing Unit (SHU) for inmates in disciplinary confinement, which held 24 inmates at the time of our visit.
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
Ever wonder what it’s like to be in solitary confinement? The New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is hosting an exhibition on injustice in the prison system on Thursday at the South Shore YMCA in Eltingville. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., and will have a panel presentation, discussion and [...]Read More
“Prison Within Prison: Voices of Women Held In Isolated Confinement in New York” is a collection of oral and visual observations from twenty women about their experiences being held in isolated confinement in New York’s women’s prisons and Rikers Island. They are advocates and leaders on a range of issues in the movement to end [...]Read More
WOMEN AND ISOLATED CONFINEMENT Women held in isolated confinement are subjected to dehumanizing treatment—treatment that makes it difficult for them to maintain their dignity, hygiene, nutrition and personal property. They can get in trouble for something as simple as attempting to talk to the person next to them. They are denied commissary privileges which provide [...]Read More