Week of Action Events

October 2

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

October 3: NYC Discussion — Networking and Conversation with Advocates about Extreme Isolation

Everyday in New York’s prisons, thousands of people languish in extreme isolation. They are locked in tiny cells for at least 23 hours a day, deprived of all meaningful human contact or mental stimulation. This inhumane tactic inflicts severe psychological and emotional trauma, and it runs afoul of international human rights standards.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the NYCLU is hosting an informal networking event with leading advocates, who will share their experiences investigating extreme isolation in New York’s prisons with members of the public.

The discussion will start at 5:30 p.m. at The Culture Project, located at 45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette in Manhattan. It is free and open to the public.

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October 4: Town Hall on Solitary Confinement in New York

Brian Fischer, commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, has publicly stated that New York overuses extreme isolation in its prisons. He explains that there is no political will in Albany to end the dependence on extreme isolation, which cruelly subjects people to severe physical and psychological deprivation.

On Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Manhattan, there will be a town hall on solitary confinement in New York. State and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated and their families will discuss the use of solitary confinement in New York State prisons and New York City jails and avenues for change. The discussion is free and we encourage members of the public to attend.

State Sen. Bill Perkins, D-30th District, will participate in the discussion, which will be held at the Adam Clayton Powell Building, 163 W. 125 St. at 7th Ave., 8th floor, Conference Room B. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Note: You will need to show ID to enter the building

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October 9: NYCLU Night with The Culture Project: “The Exonerated” with a Post-Show Talk Back on Extreme Isolation

Join the NYCLU and the Culture Project on Tuesday, Oct. 9 for a special performance of the The Exonerated — a ground-breaking dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence.

After the show, the NYCLU will host a talk back session about the use of extreme isolation in New York State prisons. On Oct.2, we are releasing an unprecedented investigative report documenting the human cost of the state’s dependence on extreme isolation. The report’s authors will be on hand to describe the experiences and findings in detail.

New Tork Times theater critic Ben Brantley has called The Exonerated “jaw-dropping.” The rotating cast features Stockard Channing, Brian Dennehy, Steve Earle, John Forté, K’naan, Delroy Lindo, Lyle Lovett, Brooke Shields and others.

Tickets: NYCLU friends can enjoy a discounted ticket of $49.50 by clicking here and entering the code “NYCLU4CP”

The Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette in Manhattan.

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