Additional governmental oversight is urgently needed to truly change the culture of a system that holds 53,000 inmates across 54 prisons in New York State. What goes on inside these prisons is largely hidden from view, and there is little accountability for wrongdoing. The State Legislature should follow the A.B.A.’s guidance and establish a monitoring body with unfettered access to prison facilities, staff, inmates and records in announced or unannounced visits.
Michael B. Mushlin & Michele Deitch, What’s Going on in our Prisons? , N.Y. Times, Jan. 4, 2016 at A19, http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/1010/.