Dec 23 New York Action Alert – TOGETHER to END SOLITARY


ACTION ALERT: Stand Up & Speak Out TODAY

  • NYC6 pm, Speak-out in Harlem at 125th St. & Park Ave. (under Metro-North railroad tracks)
  • Long Island7 pm, Candlelight service at UUCSR Worship Room, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset
  • Poughkeepsie: Raising awareness (leaflets and signs) at the Poughkeepsie “Walkway Over the Hudson”
  • Beacon: 5:30 pm, Beacon Prison Action flyering and petitioning at Beacon Train Station, 1 Ferry Plaza, Beacon, NY 12508
  • Ithaca: 5 pm, Demonstration and petition signing in front of Tompkins County Public Library at Green & Cayuga Streets
  • LIVETWEET at the events, using #HALTSolitaryConfinement and @NYGovCuomo
  • CALL Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and tell him: “I am a New Yorker and I oppose solitary confinement. Please end its use in NYS prisons and jails. You have the power to end  this torture and make New York a leader in respecting the human rights of all people.”
  • CALL the Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Anthony Annucci at 518-457-8134 and tell him: “I am a New Yorker and I oppose solitary confinement. I urge you to end its use in NYS prisons.
  • CALL your NYS Assembly and Senate Representatives and tell them: “I live in your district and I oppose solitary confinement. I ask you to support the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, A.4401/S.2659. This bill would end the torture of solitary and create more humane and effective alternatives.” Find your legislators at


  • SIGN this petition demanding passage of HALT and an end to the torture of solitary in New York State and SHARE it with your friends
  • FORWARD this Action Alert to your friends
We are the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC). CAIC brings together advocates, formerly incarcerated persons, family members of currently incarcerated people, concerned community members, lawyers, and individuals in the human rights, health, and faith communities throughout New York State. Find out more about us, how to join us, and about upcoming meetings here.

Sean Ryan has been in solitary confinement for 21 years. His disciplinary sentence of 12 years in SHU ended in 2006, but he has been in administrative segregation (Ad. Seg.) since then. He writes, “There are a number of [incarcerated people] in NYS who have been [condemned] to life in solitary confinement. Those of us in Ad. Seg. are not saints, nor are we looking for sympathy. We only seek some measure of human decency, justice and fair play.”

“Ad. Seg. is DOCCS most abusive form of solitary confinement. Those of us in Ad. Seg. have not been found guilty of violating any rule or regulation. Our confinement is supposedly security related and precautionary. Yet [individuals in] Ad. Seg. are housed in punitive segregation SHU, which was designed for punishment, where we have languished day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, for decades on end.”

Sean is just one of thousands condemned to solitary in New York. Despite the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur that stays in solitary over 15 days amount to torture, NY regularly holds people in solitary for months, years, and, as in Sean’s case, even decades.

We must end this torture now!