Protect the dignity and opportunity of incarcerated people.
New York State prisons treat people as less than human by forcing people to spend months, years, and even decades in solitary confinement. Our state prisons also subject people to forced labor, while simultaneously failing to create access to higher education. New York State also fails to respect people’s self-determined gender in determining housing and access to commissary.
How We’ll Solve It
New York must protect the rights, humanity, and access to education of incarcerated people and respect and follow people’s self-determined gender. New York must finally end torture by solitary confinement and end the use of forced labor.
HALT Solitary Confinement (S.2836/A.2277) – PASSED
ends the practice of torture by solitary confinement in New York State jails and prisons.
End Forced Labor (S.308/A.3142)
prohibits compulsory work in prisons.
Restore Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for Incarcerated Students (S.4464/A.2322)
allows incarcerated college students to access state financial aid for higher education.
Treatment and Placement of Incarcerated People based on Gender Identity (S.2809/A.691)
Codify the Right to Vote for People on Parole (S.830b/A.4448A) and Restore Voting Right for People in Prison (S.3073/A.6646)
ends Jim Crow era voter disenfranchisement of Black and Latinx New Yorkers by restoring voting rights to people on parole and in prison.