Coalition to Improve the NYC Jails - Organizing Meeting

The Legal Aid Society is hosting the development of a new coalition of organizations and individuals - advocacy, mental health, prison family members, ex-offenders - to work together on issues of concern in the City jails. The organizing meeting will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Legal Aid headquarters at 199 Water Street in the 6th floor conference room.

The meeting is planned as a brainstorming session designed to find common concerns and ideas for implementing reform (litigation, legislation, public education, training, lobbying, testimony). The goal will be to work together moving forward with a broad coalition of stakeholders participating. Issues of concern include mental health treatment in the jails, the over-use of solitary confinement in disciplinary housing units for individuals with mental illness and others, brutality and other forms of mistreatment. Many organizations are assisting in the development of the coalition include the Urban Justice Center and Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement.