February 8, 2016, City Limits
NYC Must Allow Rikers Inmates Alleging Sex Abuse to Remain Anonymous
“Forcing the Jane Does to give up their anonymity would serve as another form of intimidation.”
by Natalie Block-Levin


January 27, 2016, Daily News
Union big Norman Seabrook makes controversial comment, encourages correction officers to obey regulations so they won’t need to lie
“It’s more than a hypothetical,” asserted Jail Action Coalition member Grace Price. “He’s speaking from past experience. He’s speaking as to what his methodology is.”
by Reuven Blau


January 26, 2016, Daily News
Rikers inmate awaiting murder trial clings to life following suicide attempt — after pleas for stronger anti-depressants were ignored
by Graham Rayman, Reuven Blau


October 16, 2015, NY1

Advocates Speak Out at Hearing on Visitation Rules at Rikers

Watch the Video

by Courtney Gross


October 16, 2015, DNAinfo

Advocates and Experts Protest Board’s Proposed Rikers Rule Changes

by Rosa Goldensohn


September 16, 2015, DNAinfo

Public to Review Rules for Visits and Solitary Confinement in City Jails

by Danielle Tcholakian


October 16, 2015, Observer

Inmate Advocates Slam de Blasio’s Proposed Rikers Island Visiting Changes

by Jillian Jorgensen


October 13, 2015, Gotham Gazette

The Week Ahead in New York Politics

At noon Friday, “The NYC Jails Action Coalition (JAC) will hold a rally prior to the NYC Board of Correction hearing with faith leaders, children and families of incarcerated individuals and other criminal justice advocates. City Council Members have been invited.”


October 10, 2015, Russia Today

JAC member Johnny Perez:

“It affected my self-esteem. It affected my self-concept. It made me angry, it made me distrust people, it made me not appreciate or respect authority,”Johnny Perez, a former Rikers prisoner, told RT’s Egor Piskunov.

Perez managed to make a complete U-turn and now works helping former prisoners re-enter life after prison.

“We naturally don’t believe people who are in prison. We think people who are in prison are dishonest… People in prison do get abused… and it goes off the radar because people turn a blind eye to it until somebody dies,” said Perez, who spent 13 years in a number of prisons.  Read More


October 7, 2015, Newsday

De Blasio signs ‘bill of rights’ for NYC jail inmates

By Matthew Chayes

More still needs to be done, Jennifer J. Parish of the inmate-advocates Urban Justice Center told de Blasio during a public-comment period. Parish said she’s “concerned” about a “wrong” de Blasio proposal before the Board of Correction, an oversight panel, to limit jailhouse access to inmates by visitors with serious criminal records.


September 24, 2015, Broadly/Vice News

America Incarcerated: The Unspoken Rape Crisis at Rikers Island

For Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, the city policy and tabloid journalists’ interests aren’t enough. Now organizations like the Jails Action Coalition, the Urban Justice Center, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project are trying to push the case and problems at Rikers into public view. Shutting down Rikers won’t fix America’s massive incarceration problem, but it would be a really good place to start.”


September 9, 2015

Spotlight on the woman at the center of the push to Reform Rikers Island: meet the Rev. Dr. Que English.


At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday September 8, 2015 the NYC Jails Action Coalition (JAC) held a press conference at City Hall with City Council members, faith leaders, children and families of incarcerated individuals, and other criminal justice advocates. Speakers included Johnny Perez of NYC Jails Action Coalition, Rev. Dr. Que English, Rev. Dr. Ray Rivera, Council Members Daniel Dromm and Ydanis Rodriguez, and Julia L. Davis of Children’s Rights, among others.

The City Hall press conference organized by JAC to SAVE Visiting on Rikers Island held on September 8, 2015 was widely-covered by many news outlets: NY1, NY1’s The Call, amNY, Metro, Gotham Gazette, WBAI 99.5 FM, City & State, Huffington Post, Observer, Gothamist, Associated Press (published in many outlets nationally) and WFUV. Other news outlets that attended the City Hall Press Conference: Daily News, NY Post, Politico, VICE NEWS, NY Media Service and The Crime Report. WNYC did phone interviews with Councilman Dromm and Tanya Krupat.




 Queens Observer:  Queens Councilman Daniel Dromm Argues Solution to Rikers Violence is to Shut Down the Famed Detention Complex


Rev. Dr. Que English Appears on NY1 The Call

NY1 the Call: As Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to curb violence on Rikers Island, the city’s correction czar was in front of an oversight agency Tuesday, arguing for a strict visitation policy and more solitary confinement for some inmates. NY1’s Courtney Gross filed the following report: Corrections Commissioner Argues for Strict Visitation Policy–More Solitary Confinement for Some Inmates



Gotham Gazette: Proposed Rikers Visitation Rules Stir Debate



Huffington Post: Calls To Close Down Rikers Island Are Getting Louder A New York City Council member wants to talk about “abolishing” the jail “completely.” Calls to Close Down Rikers are Getting Louder



Gothamist: No Touching: Relatives Of Rikers Inmates Protest Proposed Visitation Rules



New York Times

The New York Times
By Jake Pearson
NEW YORK — The New York City jail oversight board voted Tuesday to move forward on proposed changes to city rules governing, among other things, who can visit inmates and how long particularly violent prisoners can be placed in solitary confinement.In a 5-3 vote, the watchdog Board of Correction initiated the bureaucratic rule-making process for changes that corrections officials have argued are necessary to stop violence but inmate advocates argue will have the opposite effect.The most contentious issue surrounds the roughly 300,000 visitors to city jails every year and a proposal by corrections officials to deny visitors based on certain factors, including whether they’d been convicted of a felony in the past seven years or had no familial or close relationships to an inmate.”We’re not focused on any one thing — it’s a combination of things,” jails Commissioner Joseph Ponte said. “Is this a positive relationship or one that should be disallowed?”But some board members argued that the proposed restrictions were too ambiguously written and asked for more data showing the relationships between the 193 visitors arrested for smuggling contraband into the Rikers Island jail complex so far this year and the inmates they were scheduled to see. They also said inmate visits kept the jails safe by keeping prisoners connected to the outside world.”I don’t think we should be going this way right now,” board member Dr. Bobby Cohen said.The board will be able to make changes to the rules before adopting them as law after holding a public hearing and allowing the public to comment.Also at issue is a proposal giving the chief of department the power to keep an inmate who commits a violent act in solitary confinement during a mandated seven-day reprieve from 23-hour isolation between 30-day stints.Jail officials have argued solitary is the safest housing for particularly violent inmates and a needed tool for jail guards. But some board members said overriding the seven-day respite from solitary time was a step backward, urging jail officials to consider using other secure housing units for dangerous inmates instead.associated_press_logo AP article was published by: abc NEWS, CNBC, Yahoo!News, Daily Mail, Times Union, BrooklynNewYork.com, BoroPark.com, The Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Herald Times, The Kansas City Star, Lincoln Journal Star, CorrectionsOne.com, The Daily News Galveston County, KSL.com, townhall.com, whiznews.com, The Southern, The Olympian, Times-Standard, WAVY-TV, Paradise Post, Post Star, Midland Daily News, Centre Daily Times, Casper Star Tribune, The Brownsville Herald, newstimes, San Jose Mercury News, Muscatine Journal, The Reporter, The Lufkin News, The Herald & Review, Sioux City Journal, Midland Daily News, Quad-Cities Times, The Modesto Bee, Journal Gazette & Times Courier, The Daily Journal, The Herald & News, The Independent Record, USA News, Bellingham Herald, Bradenton Herald, WCAX-TV, WTOP 103.5 FM, Oroville Mercury-Register, Press of Atlantic City, McAllen Monitor, MagicValley.com, Monterey Herald, Chippewa Herald, York Daily Record, Las Vegas Sun, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, Winona Daily News, Seattlepi.com, Connecticut Post, The Montana Standard, The Daily News (WA), Colorado Spring Gazette, WLFI Ch. 18, San Francisco Gate, Columbus Telegram, Madison.com, Stamford Advocate, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Exponent Telegram, Imperial Valley Press, El Paso, Inc., Arizona Daily Star, LaCrosse Tribune, Evening Sun, Times-Call, Westfield Republican, The Herald Palladium, Burleson Star, Loveland Reporter Herald, NorthJersey.com, Quincy Herald-Whig, Idaho Press-Tribune, WBAY, Idaho State Journal, nzherald, The Witchita Eagle Kansas, Beaumont Enterprise, MyNorthwest.com, The Palm Times, Wopular, appealdemocrat.com, Brattleboro Reformer, KiryasJoel.com, Daily American, Expressnews.com, Merced Sun-Star, Chico Enterprise-Record, Redwood Times, WAAY-TV, Missoulian, NewOK.com, Newswatch Report, 5Towns.com, wn.com, Conservative Eagle, News 2 (SC), Lake Placid News, KWWL, Fox Rochester, Standard Journal, Observer Today, The Elkhart Truth, sNEWSi, BarChart.com, Ledger-Inquirer, News United, epb, Frum Sites, Statesville Record & Landmark, The Times and Democrat, KNOX News Radio, Vox Iz Neias, AGC News.           


September 8, 2015


NY1 Online: The Call NY1 VIDEO: John Schiumo hosts the September 8, 2015 episode of The Call. Rev. Que English discusses advocates push to fight against DOC plan to end visiting on Rikers




NYC Jails Action Coalition to protest proposed changes to jail visitation policies





Plan to restrict Rikers visits hits poor and minorities harder, advocates say: Correction boss wants visitors prescreened and possible partitions at Rikers Island.



September 7, 2015





NY1:  NYC Jails Action Coalition to protest proposed changes to jail visitation policies





Article on JAC’s Rally at Bronx DA to Prosecute Correction Officers Repsonsible for Rikers Homicide

June 27, 2014, Gothamnist

TV Coverage of JAC’s Rally to Fire Correction Officer Responsible for a Rikers Homicide

April 1, 2014, Democracy Now

JAC Member JJ Parish quoted in NYT on MHAUIs at Rikers

March 25, 2014, New York Times

Coverage of JAC at January 2014 NYC Board of Correction Meeting

February 4, 2014, Huffington Post

Snail-Paced Reforms at City Jails Are Unacceptable


JAC Member JJ Parish on Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act

February 3, 2014, Gotham Gazette

Coverage of JAC’s Demonstration and January NYC Board of Correction Meeting

January 16, 2014, Solitary Watch

Mentally Ill Rikers Inmates Kept In Solitary At Alarming Rate

JAC’s Terry Hubbard speaks to NY1 about mental illness at Rikers

November 8, 2013, NY1

Mentally Ill Rikers Inmates Kept In Solitary At Alarming Rate

JAC’s Sarah Kerr speaks to CBS about solitary confinement at Rikers

November 6, 2013, CBS New York

Mentally Ill Rikers Inmates Kept In Solitary At Alarming Rate

JAC’s Five Omar Mualimm-ak writes of his experience in solitary confinement

October 30, 2013, The Guardian

Solitary confinement’s invisible scars

Coverage of JAC’s Press Conference Announcing Proposed Rules to Limit Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

April 8, 2013, Metro

Dromm Pushes for New Solitary Confinement Regulations

Radio Coverage of JAC’s March 1st Rally

March 1, 2013, WBAI: Free Speech Radio 99.5

Coalition of Justice Groups Say Youth Are Beaten Repeatedly at Rikers

Coverage of JAC’s March 1st Rally and the Murder of Jason Echevarria

March 1, 2013, Amsterdam News

Advocates Testify Over Brutality in Jails

Coverage of JAC’s January 28th Rally and the Murder of Jason Echevarria

February 1, 2013, Amsterdam News

A death at Rikers spurs advocates to call for justice

Radio Coverage of JAC’s November 26th Demonstration and Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

November 27, 2012, WBAI: Free Speech Radio 99.5

Activists Protest What They Claim to be the Widespread Misuse of Solitary Confinement Cells at Rikers Island

JAC’s Lisa Ortega Speaks Out About the Effects of Solitary Confinement on Her Son in NYC Jails

November 25, 2012, The Crime Report

Kids in Solitary

National Coverage of JAC’s September 10th Demonstration

October 2, 2012, The Nation

Unlock the Box: The Fight Against Solitary Confinement in New York

JAC Member Rick Sawyer Brings Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails to the National Dialogue

September 14, 2012, HuffPost Live

The Living Dead

Coverage of JAC’s September 10th Demonstration

September 11, 2012, NY1

Solitary Confinement Numbers at Rikers Buck National Trend

JAC on the Radio

September 10, 2012, WBAI: Free Speech Radio 99.5 fm

Prisoner Rights Advocates Solitary Confinement at Critical of Rikers Island

Coverage of JAC’s July 9th Demonstration

July 10, 2012, Solitary Watch 

Demonstrators Protest Solitary Confinement and Brutality in New York City’s Jails

July 9, 2012, Gotham Gazette 

NYC Jails Action Coalition Pushes Reform