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Prison reform advocates march from NYC to Albany

September 13, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group marching from Harlem to Albany to protest the state’s treatment of prisoners has made it to the state Capitol.

The Alliance of Families for Justice spent 18 days on the road to draw attention to what they say are routine human rights violations in state correctional facilities.

Nine people walked the entire 140-mile stretch. Hundreds more joined the group on certain days.

The group’s executive director, Soffiyah (Soh-FEE’-ah) Elijah, said Wednesday that the march succeeded in highlighting concerns about the abuse and exploitation of inmates. She says it also helped encourage more people with concerns to get involved.

A state corrections spokesman says officials regularly review procedures to ensure inmates are treated fairly, citing as one example new rules that have reduced the use of solitary confinement.

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