COBA President Norman Seabrook & Commissioner Ponte Want to 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 Board of Correction asking for a six-month delay in removing teenagers from torturous Solitary Confinement:
“Pursuant to §1-15(b)(1)(i) of the New York City Board of Correction’s (“Board”) minimum standards, the New York City Department of Correction (“Department”) requests a limited variance until June 1, 2016 from the BOC Minimum Standards §1-17(b)(1)(ii) which requires as of January 1, 2016, the exclusion of inmates ages 18 through 21 from punitive segregation, for the purpose of implementing the newly created Young Adult Strategy….”
New York Times: “New York Jail Agency Seeks to Delay Ending Isolation for Young Adults“
``How the Landmark Settlement Will—and Will Not—Change Solitary Confinement in New York's Prisons``
Read here to educate yourself about the implications of the People’s Settlement.
DESPITE JAC & other Advocates Blasting DOC Rule Change Proposal BOC votes to 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 on 12.16.2015 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…
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation relating to the restraint of pregnant inmates. The bill (A.6430-A/S.983-A) prohibits the use of restraints during the transport of all pregnant inmates at State and local correctional facilities, and within eight weeks after the delivery or pregnancy outcome, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM NY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE HERE:
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