Update on the California Prisoner Human Rights Movement to End Indefinite Solitary Confinement, Ashker v. Governor of California Settlement

The Ashker v. Governor of California federal class action lawsuit is before Judge Claudia Wilken in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Acronyms; 2.    Court Finds Systemic Constitutional Violations…
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A Second Call to NASW Chapter Execs to End Solitary Confinement

Moya Atkinson, former NASW-MD E.D. (1993-2002) and Member; Co-founder of Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement (SWASC) On February 2, 2019, at my request, the NASW-MD Executive Director forwarded the email below to the 55 chapter executive…
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SWASC Sends Cover letter to NCCHC with Petition Signed by Nearly 700 members

SWASC Mails Petition with 700 Signatures, Cover Letter and Addendum to Chair of the Board of Directors, National Commission on Correctional Health Care on February 19, 2019 We have not yet had a reply.  It would be good for NASW social…
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Why Did NASW Neglect to Tell Members About Suicide in Correctional Facilities?

Moya Atkinson, MSW, co-founder of Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement (SWASC) Alison Lauro’s timely ten-page article Suicide Rates on the Rise that appeared in NASW’s Social Work Advocates’ failed to mention the…

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.…

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…

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

by Mary Buser, LCSW and SWASC Co-Founder Ali Winters, Moya Atkinson, Ric Raemich, Mary Buser, and Victor Pate In early December of 2018, a group of SWASC and CAIC members from New York  — Mary Buser, Victor Pate, Moya Atkinson…

News Stories Worth Reading

From GothamistNew York's State Prisons Are Brutal and Deadly. That's Something We Can Change From Filter https://filtermag.org/2019/03/08/inside-rikers-island-a-social-workers-hellish-account/ From NIC - National Institute of…