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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

Barred from Treatment (Human Rights Watch)

  • Organization: Human Rights Watch
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
  • Submitted: Thursday, April 02, 2009
  • Attachment(s): LINK

In this 53-page report, Human Rights Watch found that New York prison officials sentenced inmates to a collective total of 2,516 years in disciplinary segregation from 2005 to 2007 for drug-related charges. At the same time, inmates seeking drug treatment face major delays because treatment programs are filled to capacity. When sentenced to segregation, known as "the box," inmates are not allowed to get or continue to receive treatment. Conditions in the box are harsh, with prisoners locked down 23 hours a day and contact with the outside through visitors, packages, and telephone calls severely restricted.

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