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Jack Beck

Jack Beck

Correctional Association of New York
Director, Prison Visiting Project
New York, NY, USA


Since 2004, he has been the Director of the Prison Visiting Project at the Correctional Association of NY (CA).  The CA has statutory authority to inspect prisons in NY State and to report its findings to the legislature and public.  At the CA, he has focused on monitoring conditions within NY prisons, including the impact of solitary confinement; safety and violence in the prisons; prison medical and mental health care; and treatment of persons in prison with substance abuse histories.  Prior to the CA, he was a Senior Supervising Attorney at the Prisoners’ Right Project (PRP) of the Legal Aid Society, where he worked for 23 years.  At PRP, he pursued federal class action litigation on behalf of people in state prisons and New York City jails.  He specialized in medical care issues, with particular focus on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.  He is a member of several statewide coalitions concerned with (1) incarcerated persons placed in isolated confinement, (2) medical and/or mental health care in prisons that advocates for legislation to improve care of persons inside, particularly those infected with HIV and/or hepatitis C and those who suffer from mental illness; and (3) developing comprehensive reforms to deficiencies in the criminal justice system including ending state violence, eliminating racial disparities and transforming the overly punitive system to a more humane and effective treatment model.
Jack Beck is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Prison Law 2016
Prison Law 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Drug Addiction Treatment in the Criminal Justice System, National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2014); available at https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/criminaljustice/drug-addiction-treatment-in-criminal-justice-system - Prison Law 2016, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Prison Law 2016, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, New York, NY
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