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.

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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

Rally and Hearing: Survivors of Sexual Violence and Advocates Encourage New Yorkers to Embrace Justice

Rally and Hearing: Survivors of Sexual Violence and Advocates Encourage New Yorkers to Embrace Justice

There is an ongoing and spiraling crisis of sexual assault being waged on detainees and visitors to Rikers Island. This has been revealed by news accounts as well as by the U.S. Department of Justice. The vast majority of women in correctional facilities have been victims of violence prior to their incarceration including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and child abuse. With approximately 95% of the affected population returning to the communities after serving their sentences, this is an issue society cannot afford to ignore.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

NEXT JAC GENERAL MEETING: 7.11.16 6:00 p.m. Location TBA.

OUTREACH MEETING:  TBA

POLICY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CALL:   Wednesday, 7.6.16 4:00 p.m.

ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: 7.12.16 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Urban Justice Center (40 Rector St. 9 FL New York, NY 10006). See you all there!

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

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

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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

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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
NYC Official Says Rape is Inevitable at Rikers Island: If true, we cannot send anyone there by Nick Malinowski, The Huffington Post, 6.27.16

NYC Official Says Rape is Inevitable at Rikers Island: If true, we cannot send anyone there by Nick Malinowski, The Huffington Post, 6.27.16

In the most recent acknowledgement of what federal prosecutors dubbed a “culture of brutality” at Rikers Island, a mayoral appointee to the agency overseeing NYC jails, said eliminating rape at Rikers Island is an impossible task, providing yet more motivation for advocates seeking to close the troubled jail complex for good.

“As long as we are going to have prisons we are going to have sexual abuse in prisons. That’s the reality. That’s what happens,” said Gerard Bryant on June 14, referring specifically to staff at Rikers Island raping people in their custody, at the monthly meeting of the NYC Board of Correction.  Read Full Text of Nick’s blog piece for Huff Post here.

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