Board of Correction

19 Nov “Its inconcievable that something that we KNOW is ending prison rape should not be allowed because of the Prison Rape Elimination Act that doesn’t make any sense.”

Mik Kinkead of the Sylvia RIvera Law Project on the topic of what the PREA standards say about the Trans Gender Housing Unit: "SRLP maintains that the National PREA Standards DO actually allow for a voluntary Trans-Gender Health Unit. I am aware that the Dept of...

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17 Nov The NYC Board of Correction is Planning on Dismantling the Trans Housing Unit at Rikers

The NYC Department of Correction Commissioner is claiming that its plan to shutter the life-saving Trans Housing Unit, or THU, on Rikers Island alleging that PREA (the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act) prohibits the segregation of transgender inmates based on their anatomy. "Its our understanding that...

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06 Nov Police State, NYC Style: Bringing the Jail Out Into the Streets

Commissioner Joseph Ponte of the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) recently proposed rule changes that are regressive and would be destructive for not only people detained on Rikers Island but their loved ones too.  [caption id="attachment_1896" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Mayor de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bratton at a news conference...

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04 Nov Interfaith Center of New York hosts Annual Marshall Meyer Retreat Supporting Re-entry

On Wednesday 11.4.2015 the Interfaith Center of New York hosted a flotilla of faith leaders involved in supporting former incarceree and detainee re-entry into society.  Commissioner of the NYC Department of Corrections, Joseph Ponte was joined by two graduates of the Harlem Community Justice Center’s...

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02 Nov JAILS ACTION COALITION PENS LETTER TO BOC IN RESPONSE TO DOC’S BELATED TESTIMONY ENTERED IN SUPPORT OF ITS RULE CHANGE PROPOSALS TO THE BOC CHARTER

  JAC Letter to Board 11.2.2015 - Rulemaking [caption id="attachment_800" align="alignnone" width="300"] SIGN-ON to our LETTER[/caption] November 2, 2015 Stanley Brezenoff, Chair Members of the Board of Correction 1 Centre Street, Room 2213 New York, NY 10007 Dear Chair Brezenoff and Members of the Board: We write in response to the Testimony of Commissioner...

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15 Oct PETITION: SHUT DOWN RIKERS ISLAND

We call on you, Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and Department of Correction Commissioner Ponte to immediately shut down Rikers Island. It is a factory of human rights abuses that cannot be reformed. The Department of Correction has created a system that enables widespread physical...

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