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
October 16, 2015, NY1
by Courtney Gross
October 16, 2015, DNAinfo
September 16, 2015, DNAinfo
October 16, 2015, Observer
October 13, 2015, Gotham Gazette
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
“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
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
“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
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.
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
New York Times
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|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. 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
September 7, 2015
Article on JAC’s Rally at Bronx DA to Prosecute Correction Officers Repsonsible for Rikers Homicide