August 28, 2018
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BROOKLYN DEFENDER SERVICES STANDS IN SOLIDARITY
WITH THE 2018 NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE
(Brooklyn, NY) – Today, Lisa Schreibersdorf, Executive Director and Founder of Brooklyn Defender Services, issued the following statement:
“Brooklyn Defender Services stands in solidarity with the people incarcerated in federal and state prisons and immigration detention centers who, last Tuesday, began a 19-day nationwide strike demanding more humane living conditions, an end to prison slavery, sentencing and litigation reform, an end to racial disparities in sentencing and parole decisions, restoration of Pell grants, full voting rights, access to rehabilitation, and more. The people we represent suffer unspeakable horrors in prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers that strip them of their dignity, from physical, sexual, and verbal abuse to prolonged solitary confinement, unsafe and unsanitary food, and a lack of access to decent health care. We strongly support their demands and we urge all levels of government to make them a reality.”
People incarcerated across the United States are peacefully protesting from August 21 to September 9, the latter date being the anniversary of the Attica uprising. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, other incarcerated organizers and allies have issued a list of ten demands and four non-violent actions for the 19-day strike. Brooklyn Defender Services has received no information from current or former clients of actions taking place in New York State facilities.
About Brooklyn Defender Services
Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is a non-profit public defense office in Brooklyn, New York. BDS provides multi-disciplinary and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, immigration and other civil legal services, and social work support to over 30,000 indigent Brooklyn residents every year.