On any given day, there are about 4,000 inmates in solitary confinement in New York State. And people can be kept there for years.
The United Nations says any time in solitary beyond 15 days is torture. And the Vera Institute — a justice policy nonprofit — says it’s just inhumane. The institute is launching a new initiative to reduce solitary confinement use in New York City.
Some Episcopalians are pushing their church to pull its investments out of fossil fuels. And they’re taking advantage of the Church’s ongoing 30-day environmental action to gather momentum. But, as Pola Lem reports, it’s not entirely clear how effective they might be.
For years, schools in New York state have failed to offer students adequate library resources. In 2003, a court of appeals ruled that the state must meet certain requirements to ensure all children have the opportunity for a “sound, basic education.” That means students must have access to up-to-date school libraries, certified librarians, and media specialists. As Theresa Avila reports, New York City is still struggling to comply, but some progress is underway.