Sign-ons to urge the NYC  Board of Correction to not continue to delay rule-making to address the current crisis of rape, sexual abuse,
and sexual harassment occurring on Rikers Island and in our other City jails.

Artist: Brittany Kathryn Knapp

Artist: Brittany Kathryn Knapp

Organizations (in alphabetical order):

American Friends Service Committee – NY Office,
Barnard Center for Research on Women,
Books to Prisoners – Seattle (B2P),
Brooklyn Defender Services,
Bronx Defenders,
Campaign to #ShutDownRikers,
Center for Constitutional Rights,
Community Access Inc.,
Correctional Association of NY (CANY),
Incarcerated Nation Corp. (INC),
International Socialist Organization (ISO) NYC,
Legal Aid Society,
Millions March NYC (MMNYC),
NAMI NYC Metro Criminal Justice Support Group,
NAMI Huntington,
National Religious Campaign Against Torture – Metro NY Chapter (MNYNRCAT),
New Yorkers Against Bratton,
People’s Power Assembly (PPA) NYC,
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP),
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network,
Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC),
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP),
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights,
Urban Justice Center,
Witness to Mass Incarceration,
Women & Justice Project,
Women in Prison Project (CANY),
15th St. Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – Death Penalty Abolition/Prison Concerns Committee

Individuals (in alphabetical order):
Suzanne Biggan,
Victor Borja,
Lichi D’Amelio (ISO NYC),
Oscar Diaz,
Maria Dibble (Executive Director, STIC),
Michelle Dillon (Program Coordinator, B2P),
Karen Abraham-Garcia,
Xena Grandichelli (SRLP, JAC),
Julian Guerrero (ISO NYC),
Jorge Gonzalez (Black & Pink NYC),
Jamila Hammami (Executive Director, QDEP; Black & Pink NYC),
Dara Illowsky (MMNYC),
Evie Litwok (JAC),
Terrea Mitchell (PPA NYC),
Kathy Morse (The Petey Greene Program),
Five Mualimm-ak (INC),
Bryana Nicole Oliver,
Susan Goodwillie (JAC),
Susan Ruff (Advocacy Director, STIC),
Sue Spears, (MNYNRCAT),
Ainsley B. Story,
Doreen Warner,

Kelly Grace Price (JAC),
Lee Wengraf (ISO NYC),
Gale Wiener (JAC),
M.J. Williams,
Erin Winslow




Alex A. Reinert

Alex S. Vitale, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College

Alexandra Houston Smith, Soros Justice Fellow at The Urban Justice Center, New York, NY

Candie Hailey, New York, NY

Christine A. Japely

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Director Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services: Sanctuary for Families, New York, NY

Gail Leech-Sims, New York, NY

Gale Wiener

Danielle Sennett, Esq. Senior Director of Policy, David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy: The Fortune Society Inc.

Evie Litwok

Eleanor Cooney, Communications Specialist The Osborne Association

Elizabeth Mayers, New York, NY

Mr. Five Mualimm-ak Director, Incarcerated Nation Corp.

Fred A. Levine, Law & Public Policy Consulting

JJ Parish, New York, NY

JM Kirby, New York, NY

Joan E. Roney

Mr. Johnny Perez

Josmar Trujillo, New York, NY

Kaitlin Hansen, Urban Justice Center, Global Engagement Studies Institute, Northwestern University.

Kelly Grace Price, New York, NY

Liz Gewirtz, New York, NY

Leah Gitter, New York, NY

M.J. Williams, New York, NY

Megan Crowe-Rothstein

Mik Kinkead

Natalie Block-Levin, New York, NY

New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca

New York City Council Member Corey Johnson

New York City Council Member Stephen Levin

New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose

Nora Carroll, Esq, Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society, New York City

Pinky Stanseski, Throop, PA

Riley Doyle Evans

Rita Lawrence, Kansas City, MO

Rita Zimmer, New York, NY

Sean Petty, RN, New York, NY

Susan Goodwillie, New York, NY

Theodore J. Hamm, Associate Professor and Chair Journalism and New Media Studies 

Steven “Humble” Mangual, Latino Affairs Producer, On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report, WBAI NY 99.5 FM @onthecount fb: OnTheCount

Xena Melissa Grandichelli


5 Boro Defenders

American Friends Service Committee, New York Office/Healing and Transformative Justice Program

Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (AFL-CIO) – UAW Local 2325

The Bronx Defenders

Brooklyn Defender Services

Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Justice at Columbia University

Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions

Church of Gethsemane

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International

College and Community Fellowship

Community Access

Community Service Society of New York

CUNY School of Law, Criminal Defense Clinic

Equality Justice Project

Girls for Gender Equity

Hour Children

Housing + Solutions

Incarcerated Nation Corp.


Legal Action Center

The Legal Aid Society

MFY Legal Services

NAMI Huntington

NAMI Queens/Nassau

NAMI-NYC Metro Criminal Justice Support Group

The National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter

National Police Accountability Project

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

New York State Prisoner Justice Network

New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement

New York City Jails Action Coalition

New Yorkers Against Bratton

People’s Power Assemblies

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

SANDS’ House Inc.

Social Justice Committee, UU Congregation at Shelter Rock

Social Workers Against Prolonged Solitary Confinement

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – NYC

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Urban Justice Center

Uri L’Tzedek

USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus


Witness to Mass Incarceration

Women’s Prison Association


NYC Jails Action Coalition – Save Visiting Sign-On Organizations


  1. JustLeadershipUSA
  2. Healing Communities Network
  3. The Osborne Association
  4. The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325
  5. Urban Justice Center
  6. The Correctional Association of New York
  7. Hour Children
  8. Brooklyn Defender Services
  9. NYC Criminal Justice Clergy Task Force
  10. The Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions
  11. Children’s Rights
  12. Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC)
  13. Latino Pastoral Action Center
  14. National Religious Campaign Against Torture
  15. National Latino Evangelical Association
  16. Antioch Baptist Church
  17. Westchester Chapter NOW
  18. Crossroads Church
  19. Beulah Temple Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic
  20. Trinity Baptist Church
  21. Matthews Baptist Church
  22. Community Protestant Church
  23. Church of God 7th Day Adventist Church
  24. Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc.
  25. Incarcerated Nation Corporation
  26. Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
  27. Promised Land Church
  28. Church of the Incarnation
  29. Micah institute at New York Theological Seminary
  30. Bronx Christian Fellowship
  31. Accepted Ministry
  32. New Testament Temple ChurchSylvia Rivera Law Project



Endorsement Form (160K)Download and fill out this form to endorse JAC’s proposed rules to end solitary confinement in New York City jails and join the more than thirty organizations demanding change.


The following organizations and individuals believe that people incarcerated in New York City jails deserve appropriate and humane treatment.  We oppose the Department of Correction’s overuse of punitive segregation and call on the Board of Correction to adopt minimum standards that will:

  • Limit the reasons for which a person can be placed in isolated confinement so that isolated confinement will only be used as a last resort to prevent violent conduct;
  • Increase the amount of time that a person in isolated confinement is allowed to spend out of cell daily;
  • Limit the number of days that a person can be held in isolated confinement;
  • Exclude incarcerated people under 25 years old and people with mental or physical disabilities or serious injuries from isolated confinement;
  • Require the creation of alternative safety restrictions to address violent conduct by these vulnerable populations in a therapeutic manner;
  • Improve due process afforded to those at risk of being placed in isolated confinement; and
  • Increase transparency by requiring DOC to report on its use of isolated confinement and alternative safety restrictions.


Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (AFL-CIO) – UAW Local 2325

Association of Pro-Inmate Rights Ñeta

Bronx Defenders

Brooklyn Defenders

Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

Center for Comprehensive Care

Center for Constitutional Rights

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health,

Association for Public Health Action and Criminal Justice

Creating Law Enforcement and Responsibility (CLEAR) at

CUNY School of Law

CUNY Law School, Criminal Defense Clinic

Five Borough Defenders

Fortune Society

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

The Legal Aid Society

Metro NY Religious Campaign Against Torture

NAMI – East Flatbush

National Lawyers Guild

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Neighborhood Defender Services

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

New York Civil Liberties Union

New York State Prisoner Justice Network

Office of Appellate Defender

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric

Disabilities (RIPPD)

Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian

Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock

T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Urban Justice Center

Uri L’Tzedek

Venture House


Women’s Prison Association

Lauren Dammier

Sister Marion Defeis

George Davis

Kelly Fischietto

Whitney Flanagan

Robert Gangi

Frances Geteles, Ph.D.

Stuart Grassian, M.D.

Antonia House

Eitan Kagedan

Scott Paltrowitz

Kara Saunders

Madeleine Walker

Robert L. Walke