Megan Crowe-Rothstein, Director of Social Work at MHP speaks on the podcast series Wings, which champions voices against isolated confinement in US prisons.
Press TV covers the lawsuit and call for justice after the wrongful death of 39 year old, mentally ill and diabetic Bradley Ballard an inmate at Riker's Island jail.
Advocates rallied Monday to call for reforms in the New York City jail system, ahead of votes on two proposals addressing the use of solitary confinement.
Abuses at Rikers Island: Officials and Advocates Call for End to Solitary Confinement and Officer Violence
“It’s second by second, the attack on your soul,” Perez said, who now works as an advocate for the mentally ill at the Urban Justice Center.
This program focuses on the plight of prisoners and detainees in New York State held in isolated confinement, where people are contained in a cell for 22 to 24 hours a day. That confinement has been found to be both inhumane and unconstitutional. The United Nations has deemed anything more than 15 days in isolated confinement as torture. The goal of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is sweeping reform of New York’s use of solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails. Despite these facts, New York uses isolated confinement at rates well above the national average.
Teens in Isolation: State Advisers to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hold Briefing on Juvenile Solitary Confinement in New York
Johnny Perez, MHP's safe-reentry advocate, recently had his story shared on solitarywatch.org. The news source discusses the conditions he was put through as a teenager in solitary confinement.