Board of Correction Report on Recreation for those in Rikers Island Solitary Confinement Cells

Barriers to Recreation at Rikers Island’s Central Punitive Segregation Unit

The report found that only 10% of the people incarcerated in the Central Punitive Segregation Unit engaged in recreation on any given day. The study presents the principle barriers to recreation and recommends ways to address them. What this report means is that for manny at Rikers, solitary confinement is 24-hour lock-down.

American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch

Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prison Across the United States

A report from the ACLU and Human Rights Watch that is based on interviews and correspondence with more than 125 young people in 19 states who spent time in solitary confinement while under age 18 as well as with jail and/or prison officials in 10 states.  There is a New York specific appendix that has information about solitary at Rikers.

Between the Bars

Human Stories from Prison

Between the Bars is a weblog platform for people in prison, through which the 1% of America which is behind bars can tell their stories. Since people in prison are routinely denied access to the Internet, Between the Bars enables them to blog by scanning letters.

Correctional Association of New York

A Force for Progressive Change in the Criminal Justice System Since 1844

Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. The CA and its three principal projects—Juvenile Justice, Prison Visiting and Women in Prison—are driven by a strong belief that  incarcerated people are entitled to human rights; that all struggles for justice are connected; and that racial, gender, and economic injustice are intertwined with the power of prison over people’s lives, particularly for people of color and low-income communities.



Critical Resistance

International Movement to End the Prison Industrial Complex

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

New York Civil Liberties Union

Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation In New York’s Prisons

The NYCLU conducted an intensive year-long investigation to shed light on the use and consequences of extreme isolation in New York prisons. The study involved communication with more than 100 people who have spent time in extreme isolation. They spoke to prisoners’ family members and corrections staff. They analyzed thousands of pages of official records. And found that New York’s use of extreme isolation is arbitrary, inhumane and unsafe.

Links Not Chains

Voices of the Silenced

Every year, tens of thousands of our clients, brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters cousins and friends are locked up in the New York State prison system. They are shut away behind bars and stripped of their freedoms, opinions, and rights as human beings. Links Not Chains was created to give voice to those who much of our society wants to ignore, wants to forget, wants to keep silent.

Prison Culture

How the Prison Industrial Complex Structures Our World…

Prison Culture is an attempt to document how the current prison industrial complex operates and to underscore the ways that it structures American society.

Prison Legal News

Dedicated to Protecting Human Rights

An independent 56-page monthly magazine that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings and news about prison issues. PLN has a national (U.S.) focus on both state and federal prison issues, with international coverage as well. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to seek the protection and enforcement of prisoner’s rights at the grass roots level. PLN is published by the Human Rights Defense Center.

Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration, a project of The Bronx Defenders and Pro Bono Net, is a collaborative education and resource center for individuals and organizations in New York State that advocate for people with criminal records and their families – collectively, the Reentry Community.

Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities (RIPPD)


A grassroots, direct action orginization, united to demand justice and social change for imprisoned people with disabilities.  RIPPD confronts a system set up to oppress people who have a mental illness and who have been in jail or prison.  RIPPD is working towards the following: establishment of alternatives to incarceration, establishment of pre-booking jail diversion in the NYPD (CITs), abolition of prison/jail expansion, accountability and training for correction and police officers, and better mental health treatment in jails and prison.

Solitary Watch

News From a Nation in Lockdown

A web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. Their mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States.

Village Voice

Rikers Beat

A news archive and the latest stories from NYC Department of Correction’s Rikers Island fueled by the fearless journalism of Graham Rayman of the Village Voice.