SOLITARY WATCH COVERAGE: Demonstrators Protest Solitary Confinement and Brutality in New York City’s Jails

10 Jul SOLITARY WATCH COVERAGE: Demonstrators Protest Solitary Confinement and Brutality in New York City’s Jails

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…The Jails Action Coalition (JAC), a newly formed grassroots activist group that opposes the expansion of solitary confinement and other abuses in New York City’s jails, held a demonstration outside a meeting of the city’s Board of Corrections. Chanting, “We demand prisoners’ rights, together we stand, together we fight!” and “Jobs and education, not incarceration!” protesters from the Bronx Defenders, Urban Justice Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Legal Aid Society, and other advocacy groups marched alongside affected family members and other concerned members of the community.

One man distributed pamphlets on solitary confinement in New York City jails. Curious pedestrians paused to watch as the words “People suffering by the hour, what do we do, fight the power” penetrated the routine sounds of Monday morning’s hustle and bustle near 51 Chambers Street in Manhattan. Read the whole story here…