26 Dec Dec 2014: Committee Report to the US Commission on Civil Rights Report:
The New York Advisory Committee (Committee) submits this report, “Civil Rights Implications of Solitary Confinement of Youth in New York,” as part of its responsibility to advise the Commission on civil rights issues within the state. The report was adopted by the Advisory Committee by a 10 to 2 vote, with one member abstaining. In October 2013, the Committee identified as its most pressing concern the question of whether civil rights were being violated in New York by the way in which solitary confinement was used as punishment for youth imprisoned in New York jails and prisons. The Committee held a public briefing on the issue in New York City on July 10, 2014. Presentations were made to the Committee by 17 persons on six panels, representing various state and city agencies and institutions in the State of New York as well as advocates and former inmates. The Committee examined the extent of the use of solitary confinement of youth in the State of New York and the City of New York, and, in particular, the disproportionate assignment of racial minorities to solitary confinement. The Committee also held a preparatory consultation on July 24, 2014 with experts in various states concerning the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
This report summarizes important information from the presenters’ statements, the roundtable experts, the written statements for the record, written reports and studies publicly available, and the visit of members of the Committee to Rikers Island. The report expresses concerns and observations based on the information received.
Download and read the full report here: NY-SAC-Solitary-Confinement-Report-without-Cover