18 Mar PACK THE COURT FOR JAC member & Rikers Solitary Survivor for over Three Years Candie Hailey 3.21.16 9:00 a.m. RALLY FOR CANDIE: Bronx Supreme Criminal Courthouse
Candie Hailey has asked JAC and CAIC members to take note that she will be on trial starting Monday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Bronx Supreme Court, Part 26 (3rd floor), before Judge Mogulescu. She is charged with felony criminal mischief for an incident that occurred while she was in solitary confinement at Rikers Island. If you can attend the trial, please do. She would appreciate your support.
Please help us to focus our efforts on pressuring DA Darcel Clark to dismiss all charges against Candie. Below is a letter that individuals can fax to the DA’s office.
“My name is ___ and I am calling to urge the Bronx District Attorney to dismiss all charges against Candie Means-Hailey. She was acquitted after spending more than 3 years at Rikers Island. She spent most of that time in solitary confinement and was tormented by the correction officers there because they presumed her guilty of the charges against her. Now the District Attorney is continuing to prosecute her for incidents that allegedly occurred while she was in solitary confinement. Solitary confinement that lasts more than 15 days is considered torture; it not only harms individuals while they are isolated but the trauma continues to affect them after their release. The DA should dismiss all charges against Candie Hailey in the interest of justice.”
They may ask you for the indictment number; it’s 3227-2013. The assigned ADA is Mr. Daly. The case is scheduled for trial on Monday. There are also three pending misdemeanor cases – all occurred in solitary confinement. If you haven’t met Candie or seen her speak at BOC meetings, you can read about her ordeal here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/44c62b6377c34851895032caa6b3d592/after-years-solitary-woman-struggles-carry
Read more about Candie and her stalwart survivorship here in some of the hundreds of press stories about her:
DOWNLOAD AND FAX THE BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY, DARCEL CLARK AND URGE HER TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST CANDIE: Letter to Darcel Clark
DON’T HAVE A FAX? SIGN ONTO OUR LETTER mailto:email@example.com?subject=Please sign me on to JAC’s statement to Bronx DA Darcel Clark&body=In the interest of justice, we urge you to dismiss the charges against Candie Hailey. Ms. Hailey begins trial on Monday, March 21 in the Bronx, facing charges incurred while she was incarcerated on Rikers Island in solitary confinement for over two years. Ms. Hailey was acquitted of the charges that landed her in jail but now faces the prospect of returning there. She endured more than three years of incarceration in City jails, including more than 24 months in solitary confinement, before being found not guilty at trial. The charges should be dismissed in the interest of justice and we urge you to take this action for all of the reasons stated herein
Dear Hon. Darcel Clark,
In the interest of justice, we urge you to dismiss the charges against Candie Hailey. Ms. Hailey begins trial on Monday, March 21 in the Bronx, facing charges incurred while she was incarcerated on Rikers Island. (3227-2013, 23102C-2014, 23103C-2014, and 23104C-2014). Ms. Hailey was acquitted of the charges that landed her in jail but now faces the prospect of returning there. She endured more than three years of incarceration in City jails, including more than 24 months in solitary confinement, before being found not guilty at trial. The charges should be dismissed in the interest of justice and we urge you to take this action for all of the reasons stated herein.
Ms. Hailey attempted suicide at least eight times while incarcerated at Rikers Island. She reported regular abuse and neglect by corrections officers and now exhibits symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by her lengthy incarceration and the solitary confinement that she endured. The conditions of her confinement, isolated for 23 hours per day with no access to programs, are increasingly condemned by experts and by corrections systems across the country. Under the Mandela Rules of the United Nations, such long terms of isolated confinement have been declared to be torture.
New York City jails are no longer permitted to hold people in the conditions that Ms. Hailey endured, a change supported by the Mayor and the Corrections Commissioner. The City and your office should not now ignore the circumstances of Ms. Hailey’s incarceration by continuing this prosecution. Ms. Hailey is a survivor of torture that was facilitated by the various arms of the criminal justice system here in New York. She was found not guilty of the underlying crime that brought her into Department of Corrections custody and there is no purpose to pursuing additional punishment.
Since her acquittal at trial Ms. Hailey has become an advocate for the rights of incarcerated people and has drawn support from around the country as she attempts to re-establish her life after being incarcerated. Her story has been covered nationally, with the Associated Press publishing a feature story about her on February 16th: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/44c62b6377c34851895032caa6b3d592/after-years-solitary-woman-struggles-carry
Your responsibilities as Bronx District Attorney, to prosecute crimes that occur within your jurisdiction, which includes the City jails on Rikers Island, also permit you to dismiss charges when they serve no public safety purpose. Here is an opportunity to right a wrong. We urge you to seek justice in this case by dismissing all charges. Ms. Hailey needs our support in re-entry and in overcoming the trauma that she experienced in our jails. She should not be prosecuted for incidents that occurred during an ordeal that the City now agrees should not be practiced in our jails.
There are eerie similarities between her story, and that of Kalief Browder; Kalief’s story, of course, is well-known world-wide. I remain eternally thankful that Ms. Hailey retains some degree of anonymity due mostly to the fact that she was not successful in her suicide attempts. Had she been successful, her case, like Kalief’s – not guilty, provoked to suicide by experiences in custody – would forever cast a shadow over not only the criminal justice system, but the entire City of New York.
Please review this case and we believe that you will agree that all charges should be dismissed.