The Board of Church and Society is partnering with the NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) and National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) to pass the HALT Solitary Confinement Act in NY.

We will spend the day in Albany on Tuesday, May 2nd, for a rally and visits to legislators in support of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act.  We need to show massive momentum so that this bill passes this year!!  Since this legislation is considered a model for the entire country, even people from outside the state are welcome to help with this effort!  All are welcome!

The Board of Church and Society is sponsoring a bus from White Plains, NY (Memorial UMC) which will make one other pickup at NYS Thruway Exit 18 “park and ride” in New Paltz, NY.  Bus leaves White Plains at 6:45 AM sharp, pickup in New Paltz at 8:15 AM. Return bus will leave Albany at 4:00 PM.  The cost is $30/person, but please request a subsidy if you need one. (or maybe you can make a donation to support someone else?)

Register now to reserve your place on the bus!! Space is limited! to register and for more information


If you live in New York City, you are welcome to sign up for the busses sponsored by CAIC by emailing: [email protected] with your name, address and phone number.

To prepare for this Lobbying Day, come to our Advocacy Training:

Saturday, April 1st, 1-3 PM

at the Conference Center, 20 Soundview Ave., White Plains, NY

More than 15 days spent in Solitary Confinement has been defined as torture by the UN.  Research shows that solitary confinement inflicts devastating trauma and hurts the progress of those re-entering society after incarceration, leading to higher recidivism rates.  Studies have shown that staff assaults, inmate assaults, use-of force incidents and suicide attempts have all decreased when Solitary is reduced.