JAC Says: End Solitary Confinement; No ESH at Rikers
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END TORTURE IN NYC JAILS – PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS INCARCERATED PEOPLE CAN’T BREATHE!
NYC jails need to end the use of solitary confinement – not create new punitive units. But that is exactly want Department of Correction wants to do.
A GRAND JURY is not deciding on this proposal – the NYC Board of Correction is. WE have a chance to STOP it and DEMAND real changes to bring about humane treatment. But we need your help.
The Department of Correction uses SOLITARY CONFINEMENT to push any violation of jail rules. Now DOC wants the Board of Correction to create a new form of restrictive housing units by LOWERING the minimum standards for the treatment of incarcerated people. If the proposal passes, “Enhanced Supervision Housing Units” (ESHU) will be another way for DOC to isolate incarcerated people. There will be no protection for vulnerable populations (those living with mental health challenges, physical or developmental challenges, youth, etc.) in ESHU and no way for those placed there to make it out. They will lose their right to law library, religious services, contact visits, private correspondence and more.
The Board of Correction will vote on this ill-advised proposal at its next meeting, January 13, 9 am at 125 Worth Street, 3rd Floor.
We need you, your friends, and your network to SPEAK OUT and DEMAND humane treatment of incarcerated people. Sign this petition and help us make this go viral.
UNLIKE A GRAND JURY, which is closed, this meeting and its outcome are public. Mayor de Blasio will have to answer for his part in forming this new unit. It is nothing more than a JAIL WITHIN A JAIL... CONTROLLED BY CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS!
The NYC Board of Correction must fulfill its role as an INDEPENDENT watchdog agency and RAISE the minimum standards so that the torture of SOLITARY CONFINEMENT is no longer permitted in NYC jails.
SIGN, POST AND TWEET THIS PETITION so that Mayor De Blasio gets the message
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT & ESHU = “WE CAN’T BREATHE”
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