Over 12,000 New Yorkers are incarcerated on Rikers Island and in other city jails each day. Over 9,700 of those incarcerated daily are pre-trial detainees who are being held without being convicted of a crime. Most are there because they cannot afford bail. People being held in New York City jails face solitary confinement, inadequate mental health services and a culture of brutality carried out by correction officers.

JAC is a coalition of activists that includes formerly incarcerated and currently incarcerated people, family members and other community members who are working to promote human rights, dignity and safety for people in New York City jails. Our goals include: 1.) Increasing transparency in DOC policies in NYC jails & accountability for DOC practices and abuses.  2.) Ending the use of solitary confinement (SHU, the Box, the Bing, punitive segregation) in NYC jails and opposing the DOC’s planned increase in solitary confinement cells.  3.)  Addressing the physical and mental health needs of people in NYC jails and ensuring access to continuing care in the community upon release.  4.)  Advocating for more rehabilitative services in NYC jails to promote reintegration. 5.)  Fighting against the racist and discriminatory policies leading to mass incarceration. ANYONE CAN JOIN: WE WELCOME ALL.

Click Here to learn more about us OR Here to join one of our committees

President Obama has put an end to placing teenagers under the age of 21 in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in FEDERAL PRISONS. WHAT IS THE STATUS of  SIMILAR REFORMS FOR TEENS IN SOLITARY IN NYC JAILS? REVIEW JAC’s ADVOCACY on this topic:

TIMELINE: JAC Pushes for Solitary Confinement Reform in NYC Jails. What is going on with the Board of Correction’s promise to reform this method of torture used on Rikers Island for Teens and Adults.

LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THE ABUSES

ACTIONS/EVENTS

“VISIONS OF CONFINEMENT: A Lens on Women in the United States Prison System” exhibition will highlight the work of JAC’s own Brittney Kathryn Knapp.
  The opening night is June 29th, from 6-9 pm at Hunter East Harlem Gallery on 119th St. and 3rd Ave. Please check out the gofundme page
for the event.

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Those accused of raping, murduring, torturing and other crimes against the people of Rikers

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

NEXT JAC GENERAL MEETING: TBD

OUTREACH MEETING:  TBA

POLICY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL:   Wednesday, 7.6.16 @4 p.m.

ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: Monday, TBA

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING:  do your Doodle!

FAMILY COMMITTEE MEETING: TBA
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VOICES FROM THE BOX

Despite reforms, there are still more than five hundred people in solitary confinement at Rikers, many people diagnosed with mental illness. Contained in these pages are seven direct accounts of suffering that we have collected from men and women sentenced to solitary confinement at Rikers Island.

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COBA President Norman Seabrook & Commissioner Ponte Delay Ending Isolation for Young Adults: On 1.11.16 the NYC Department of Correction’s Commissioner, Joseph Ponte submitted a Variance Request to the NYC BOC  asking for a six-month delay in removing teenagers from torturous Solitary Confinement: “New York Jail Agency Seeks to Delay Ending Isolation for Young Adults

DESPITE JAC & other Advocates Blasting DOC Rule Change Proposal BOC votesdto approve amended Rule Change and Variance.  So many different voices were heard during the past five hearings and meetings but the message was the same:  NYC rejects DOC’s plan of dehumanization and torture. We will no longer tolerate the criminalization of people visiting loved ones on Rikers OR the psychological and physical abuse and torture of people incarcerated there.  DESPITE  Gov. Cuomo’s recent prohibition on Solitary Confinement and its offspring (ESHU, et al) the NYC BOC voted to approve continued use of “The BING” beyond the 30-day proscription voted on in January of 2015 and heralded by the mayor and city press corps as a dramatic improvement for the rights of detainees and prisoners held in city jails…

RECENT NEWS

TUG OF WAR OVER RIKERS
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RAPE AT RIKERS
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Read about

A PERVASIVE CULTURE OF RAPE

including a current lawsuit against Rikers:

TWO WOMEN ALLEGE REPEATED ACTS OF RAPE

NYC Jail Visitors Say They Were Victimized During Visits

Picture of 12 Women Who Were Molested by NYC Corrections Officers During Jail Visits

Watch the Video

If you were sexually harassed while visiting a detainee and want to register a complaint:
Please email Grace Price at the Urban Justice Center at GPrice@urbanjustice.org
and/or contact the Department of Investigations at 212-825-5959 or complaint@DOI.NYC.GOV

Elizabeth Crowley DOC ARE UNPREPARED FOR COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON WOMEN’S ISSUES

Art therapist & JAC member Brittney Kathryn Knapp creates visual campaign to highlight rape crises on Rikers

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JAC SPOTLIGHT EDITORIAL
Prison Isolation = Torture: Letter to the Editor by Mr. Johnny Perez, The New York Times, 4.07.16

Prison Isolation = Torture: Letter to the Editor by Mr. Johnny Perez, The New York Times, 4.07.16

To the Editor:

New York State’s impending solitary confinement reforms (“Judge Backs Settlement on Isolation of Inmates,” news article, April 1) warrant clarification. Solitary confinement will be limited to 30 days for first-time nonviolent offenses; however, subsequent infractions could still result in back-to-back sentences that extend time in solitary indefinitely.

Having spent over three years in solitary confinement myself, I know firsthand that misbehavior reports have often been issued arbitrarily, empowering prison guards to make decisions about whether to leave someone in solitary confinement for years. International standards, including the Mandela Rules and the Special Rapporteur on Torture, have determined that solitary confinement beyond 15 days constitutes torture.

Without a limit on the total length of time people may spend in solitary confinement, the torture of months, years and even decades in solitary confinement can continue. –JOHNNY PEREZ, New York.  The writer is a safe re-entry advocate for the Mental Health Project at the Urban Justice Center.

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