Entries by Moya Atkinson

SWASC Sent a Memorandum of Support for the 2019 Bail Elimination Act (S. 2101A) on March 18, 2019

This Act would end money bail, decarcerate jails across New York State, protect the presumption of innocence, and strengthen due process. Of the more than 20,000 people held in New York’s local jails every day, nearly 70% are pretrial. They have not been convicted, but remain incarcerated – separated from their families and loved ones […]

Homer Venters’ “Life and Death in Rikers Island” – Interview with Amy Goodman; Book Review by Jennifer Gonnerman; Q&A; Myth-busting; & Community Organized Correctional Health Services (COCHS)

 “The former chief medical officer of New York City jails has just published a remarkable new book about the health risks of incarceration. Dr. Homer Venters offers unprecedented insight into what happens inside prison walls to create new health risks for incarcerated people, including neglect, blocked access to care, physical and sexual violence, and brutality […]

Visit to Colorado’s State Penitentiary, the Centennial Prison and the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility December, 2018

by Mary Buser, LCSW In early December of 2018, a group of SWASC and CAIC members from New York  — Mary Buser, Victor Pate, Moya Atkinson and Ali Winters — journeyed to Colorado to observe the publicized reforms to solitary confinement that the state has implemented over the past few years. As guests of Rick […]

News Stories Worth Reading

From GothamistNew York’s State Prisons Are Brutal and Deadly. That’s Something We Can Change From Filter From NIC – National Institute of Corrections Suicide and Prevention Resource Guide in Corrections From #HALT Solitary TAKE ACTION NOW TO #HALTSOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK! Sign the petition to support the HALT Solitary Confinement Act: https://goo.gl/pRZNyB Encourage your […]

Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, NY- Educating for Rights and Justice

The Council on Social Work Education underscores that social workers should be educated to advance human right, social, economic, and environmental justice. In a new journal article in Social Work Education written by my colleagues and me, we asserted that forensic social work with significant relevance to prisoner rights including solitary confinement, is an integrated practice specialization at […]

Willow Katz, CA- We Will End the Torture!

Willow Katz, M.S., retired nutritionist/health educator, is a member of SWASC, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC), Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS), and End Solitary Santa Cruz County CA. Willow has been an anti-racist grassroots peace and justice activist since the 1960’s. In 1969 she visited Puerto Rico and became a supporter of the […]

Hosts Craig Haney and Brie Williams Promote United Nations’ “Mandela Rules”

Global experts, led by Craig Haney and Brie Williams, will build on the Mandela Rules to establish a set of principles to replace solitary confinement with humane alternatives. https://news.ucsc.edu/2018/06/haney-summit.html June 06, 2018 ByJennifer McNulty  Share this story:TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedInReddit “Social contact is a fundamental human need,” says Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Haney, who organized a recent […]

Joseph Wronka, Human Rights expert, joins SWASC in developing CSWE-approved instructional modules

SWASC is most appreciative that Joseph Wronka has joined our group. He is the author of the seminal text book Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions, Second Edition (Sage, 2017) He has agreed to support SWASC members in creating modules and other instructional resources on the […]

SWASC Recommendations for NASW Criminal Justice Priorities, 2018-2019

SWASC’s Recommendations under NASW’s Criminal Justice Priorities for 2018-2019 By Moya Atkinson, MSW, Co-founder, SWASC, member of NASW-MD, former NASW-MD executive director (1993-2002) SWASC Background Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement (SWASC) was founded in October 2014 because health professionals who were working with incarcerated people in solitary confinement exposed the punitive, inhumane, degrading settings in […]