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

LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THE ABUSES

ACTIONS/EVENTS

Outreach to visitors to Rikers Island

Outreach to visitors to Rikers Island

Thank you to all who have volunteered ESPECIALLY TO Kymare Hutchinson, for chairing JAC’s Visiting Committee. Kudos to Kelsey De Avila & Riley Doyle Evans for editing JAC’S RIKERS ISLAND VISITOR’S GUIDE: FREE for ALL to share & distribute widely.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

NEXT JAC GENERAL MEETING: MONDAY (6.26.17) at 6 pm at 1125 Grand Concourse in the Bronx (near B/D and 4 train stops at 167th Street).

OUTREACH MEETING:  TBA

POLICY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL:  Will be scheduled in next week

ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: TBD

VISITING COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL: TBD

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE CALLTBD

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING: Please complete this doodle poll so that we can schedule a planning call for 6.22 or 6.23: http://doodle.com/poll/skphkcy64f7hxwr5

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

RECENT NEWS

TUG OF WAR OVER RIKERS
RAPE AT RIKERS

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 Attorney Alan Figman at: ahf@figmanepstein.com

and/or contact the Department of Investigations at 212-825-5959 or complaint@DOI.NYC.GOV

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

JAC SPOTLIGHT EDITORIAL
Invest in education instead of incarceration: Voices by Johnny Perez, USA TODAY, 3.29.17

Invest in education instead of incarceration: Voices by Johnny Perez, USA TODAY, 3.29.17

After serving time in Rikers Island as a teen, and again as an adult, I changed. Others can, too.

I was 16 years old when I first went into solitary confinement in New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison. I was held in that isolated cell, which was no larger than a small New York City apartment bathroom, for 60 days after getting into a fight with another inmate.

When I entered solitary, I immediately wondered whether I would survive.

 

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