Solitary Confinement

14 Jan JAC Writes Urgent Plea to BOC to Reject “Emergency” Variance Aimed at Keeping Teens in Solitary-Like Unit on Rikers

New York City Jails Action Coalition c/o Urban Justice Center 40 Rector Street, 9th floor New York, NY 10006   January 13, 2017     NYC Board of Correction 1 Centre Street, Room 2213 New York, NY 10007 BY E-MAIL   Dear Members of the Board of Correction:   We are outraged that the Department of Correction (DOC) is flouting...

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25 Jan President Obama Announces Ban on Solitary for Teens in Federal Prisons

President Obama  announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system citing  devastating psychological consequences et al. In a Washington Post op-ed published on January 25, 2016 the president ticks-off a number of mandates that also prohibit federal corrections officials from punishing prisoners who commit “low-level infractions”...

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12 Jan NYC BOC FLIP-FLOPS: Keeps 18-21 year old TEENS IN SOLITARY UNTIL JUNE 1, 2016

DOC Variance - Elimination of Punitive Segregation 18-21 Standard 1-17, "Limitations on the Use of Punitive Segregation" Subdivision (b)(1)(ii) A limited variance authorizes an extension of the January 1, 2016 deadline to complete the elimination of punitive segregation for inmates ages 18 through 21.  The deadline is extended...

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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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02 Feb Even as Many Eyes Watch, Brutality at Rikers Island Persists,” The New York Times, Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz

Between August 2014 and January 2015, 62 incarcerated individuals were seriously injured by correction officers. Despite department policies instructing correction staff to avoid head blows unless absolutely necessary, 70% of the beatings resulted in head injuries. Even as Many Eyes Watch, Brutality at Rikers Island Persists...

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15 Jan NYC Department of Investigation Report on the Recruiting and Hiring Process for NYC Correction Officers

The report describes DOI’s investigation of DOC’s recruitment and applicant screening procedures and concludes that “DOC’s hiring process has failed to recruit sufficiently talented COs and has failed, in some instances, to weed out those who would abuse their position.” Download and Read the full report...

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13 Jan 13, 2015: BOC votes to Remove all Teenagers from Solitary by January 1, 2016OC votes to Remove all Teenagers from Solitary by January 1, 2016

The Board of Correction voted to remove all teenagers under the age of 21 from Solitary Confinement and its similar cohort units by January 1, 2016.   Hon. Brianne Hammill express doubts about the tit-for-tat swap that she was being forced to vote on in order...

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01 Nov NYC Department of Investigation Report on Security Failures at City DOC Facilities

The Department of Investigation (DOI) documents the significant problem of weapons and narcotics smuggling into Rikers Island and identifies two causes: insufficient protocols for screening staff upon entrance to the facility and the failure to follow the existing staff screening protocol. Read the full report and...

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28 Oct Violence Trend Report: Use of Force Incidents Involving Adolescent Inmates in New York City Jails From 2007 to Present, City of New York Board of Correction

The report documents the disparity between the use of force rate for adolescents and adults. The use of force rate has increased for both groups over the last six years. The rate for adolescents was nine times greater in 2013-2014 than it was in 2007-2008. Download...

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04 Aug CRIPA Investigation of the NYC DOC Jails on Rikers Island, U.S. Department of Justice, August 4, 2014

The Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded that “there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers that violates the constitutional rights of adolescent inmates. In particular, we find that adolescent inmates at Rikers are not adequately protected from harm, including serious physical harm from...

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21 Jul July 21, 2014 New York City to Pay $2.75 Million to Settle Suit in Death of Rikers Island Inmate,” The New York Times, Benjamin Weiser

Rikers Island correction officer beat inmate Ronald Spear to death The homicide of Ronald Spear occurred at the North Infirmary Command at Rikers Island where he should have received treatment for kidney disease. Instead, he died of “blunt force trauma” to the head after being assaulted...

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12 Jul “Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail,” The New York Times, Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz

  This article describes an 11-month study completed by DOHMH which found that 129 incarcerated people experienced serious injuries in altercations with DOC staff. Seventy-seven percent of those injured had a mental health diagnosis. In 80% of the cases in which incarcerated Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets...

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01 Jul STAFF REPORT PUBLISHED: Barriers to Recreation at Rikers Island’s Central Punitive Segregation Unit, City of New York BOC Staff

Even individuals who are sentenced to solitary confinement are entitled to at least one hour of out-of-cell recreation every day. Minimum Standard § 1-06 (g). This BOC report found that only 10% of the people incarcerated at the largest solitary confinement facility on Rikers Island,...

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11 Dec Dec 11, 2013: Determination of Violation of Civil Service Law Section 210 by Certain Correction Officers in the DOC Correction Transportation Division

The Department of Citywide Administration Services found that correction officers in the Transportation Division engaged in a strike on November 18, 2013, when they refused to transport incarcerated individuals to court and medical facilities on the day that fellow correction officers Kevin Gilkes and Louis...

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09 Apr JAC Petition to the NYC Board of Correction for Adoption of Rules Regarding the Use of Solitary Confinement

JAC’s petition for rulemaking, and community organizing against the solitary confinement practices in the jails, brought this issue to the forefront of reforms needed in the City jails. JAC’s call for the Board to adopt minimum standards regarding the use of solitary confinement (punitive segregation)...

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07 Feb Panel Discussion: Federal Bar Council Special Committee on Sentencing Reform and Alternatives to Incarceration
present Solitary Confinement: Perspectives From Inside and Out.

Solitary Confinement: Perspectives From Inside and Out   The Federal Bar Council Special Committee on Sentencing Reform and Alternatives to Incarceration
present Solitary Confinement: Perspectives From Inside and Out. Come explore issues relating to the use of solitary confinement.   The discussion will include an overview of how state and...

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22 Oct Panel Discussion: Critical Issues in Corrections: Is Segregation and Isolation of Youth in Adult Facilities Necessary?

  Critical Issues in Corrections: Is Segregation and Isolation of Youth in Adult Facilities Necessary? hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice 524 West 59th St, NYC Monday October 22 at 2PM A panel discussion with New York corrections leaders and policy advocates including: Brian Fischer, Commissioner of the New...

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12 Oct New York Civil Liberties Union Report: Boxed In: The True Cost of New York’s Dependence on Isolation

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report that provides New Yorkers with more information than ever about solitary in their state—and which should provided a powerful boost to current organizing efforts. Titled Boxed In: The True Cost of New York’s Dependence on Isolation, it...

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20 Jun New York Times Editorial Board Publishes Piece Decrying Tortures of Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

The New York Times | Opinion Pages | Editorial The Abuse of Solitary Confinement JUNE 20, 2012 Solitary confinement in this country has devolved from a short-term punishment imposed infrequently for violating prison rules into a routine form of prison management. Today, tens of thousands of local, state and...

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06 Jun Anthony Graves, Death Row Solitary Confinement Survivor, testifies in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Dick Durbin

On June 19, 2012, the U. S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held the first-ever congressional hearing about solitary confinement.  R The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human...

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