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An Offering of Letters on Sunday, December 8, 2013
Solitary Confinement in NYS Prisons
Sunday, December 8, the Ithaca Area Episcopal Peace Fellowship invites parishioners at St. John’s, St. Thomas’, Epiphany and Cornell Campus Church to join us in an offering of letters to our state officials to protest the use of solitary confinement, also known as extreme isolation, as a method for controlling the prison population. We chose December 8 for this activity because it falls close to the 65th anniversary, on December 10, of the adoption and proclamation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 2013 theme is “Confronting Solitary Confinement in an Age of Mass Incarceration.”
Far from being a last resort measure for the worst of the worst, solitary confinement has become a control strategy of first resort in many prisons and jails. Today, inmates can be placed in complete isolation for months or years not only for violent acts but for possessing contraband, testing positive for drug use, ignoring orders, or using profanity.
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