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Solitary confinement alternatives are discussed at Buffalo conference

Western New Yorkers are challenging the practice of solitary confinement as a form of punishment in prisons and jails and will hold a one-day conference on “Criminal Justice and Solitary Confinement,” from 9:30 to 4 p.m. April 30 in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 15 Fernhill Ave., Buffalo.

The conference is sponsored by the Buffalo/WNY chapter of the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement.

The purpose of the conference is to educate the public about solitary confinement, work together to remedy injustices and take action on these issues.

The featured speaker will be Amy Fettig, lead attorney for solitary confinement with the National Prison Project in Washington, D.C. of the American Civil Liberties Union. There will be several workshops on criminal justice and the parole system.

Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Participants can park free in the Erie County Medical Center lot.