Testimony on Special Housing Unit Exclusion Law
Testimony by Jack Beck, Director, Prison Visiting Project, The Correctional Association of New York before the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and Senate Standing Committee on Health March 17, 2009. The Correctional Association’s findings clearly demonstrate that it is imperative that the SHU Exclusion Law be implemented as swiftly as possible and that its protections cover all inmates with serious mental illness (SMI).
When Cassidy Green learned that she was pregnant, she and her husband didn’t discuss cribs, co-sleeping, or even diapers. Instead, they worried about more basic and immediate challenges, like whether Green would be able to spend more than a few days with her baby. Green was in prison, 9 years into a 15-year prison sentence [...]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