March 12, 2014
Professor Steven Zeidman recently wrote a guest column for the Jurist arguing that changes to solitary confinement law present an opportunity to tackle additional problems in the prison system. He says that ” the spotlight on solitary confinement has revealed lawlessness, inhumanity and racism that define the insides of state prisons as many correction officers correctly intuit that their actions are effectively shielded from view.” Additionally, he calls on Governor Cuomo to carry out his promise of closing state prisons that are farthest away from the communities of people they hold.
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Steve Zeidman is a professor and director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY Law. He advocates on behalf of indigent defendants in many venues, including as a member of the Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Prisoners’ Legal Services and has also served on several statewide commissions, including the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services and the Jury Project.