Challenging Incarceration

At the end of 2016, the New York Times published a series of investigative articles exposing racial injustice at every level of the New York State Prison system. For the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, their family members, their communities, and anyone who has paid attention to the criminal justice system in our state, these revelations were not new.

For people of faith and conscience, this situation is simply unacceptable. The ongoing abuse and violence of our criminal justice system, which bears disproportionate impact upon communities of color, the poor, and other vulnerable populations like LGBTQ people, must end.

Labor-Religion Coalition participates in campaigns to reform criminal justice policy in New York toward the goal of decarceration. Learn more and get involved through the links below

  • #FREEnewyork Campaign: On any given day, 25,000 New Yorkers are in jails, 67 percent of whom have not been convicted. The #FREEnewyork campaign is organizing to overhaul bail, discovery and speedy trial laws. Click here to learn more. Labor-Religion Coalition helps to convene a working group of faith-rooted organizations. To get involved in this group, contact us.

  • #HALTsolitary: New York State’s use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails far exceeds national averages. Although the UN has said that solitary confinement beyond 14 days can amount to torture, many individuals in New York remain in isolation for months, years, or even decades. The New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement leads a campaign to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act in the New York State Legislature. Click here to learn more.

  • Labor-Religion Coalition has endorsed the Challenging Incarceration Comprehensive Platform, adopted by a coalition of grassroots groups in New York State.