40 min

Mental Health and an End to Solitary Confinement with Mary Buser, Author of Lockdown on Rikers Island Pt. 1 The PrisonCare Podcast

    • Documentary

Sabrina gets to talk with Mary Buser, Director of Social Workers and Allies Against Solitary Confinement, and former assistant director of mental health services at Rikers Island, the huge jail complex in New York City. She has a heart of gold, a depth of knowledge, and work experience that can teach us all SO much. While we avoid any shocking or triggering descriptions in both parts of this interview, we get a real glimpse into the reality of solitary confinement and its torturous impact on people, the challenge of bringing mental health resources and corrections into the same space, and the ways that ordinary people can be a part of positive change in prison neighborhoods everywhere.  (This is the first of a two-part series.)

TIME MARKERS:

0:50 Meet Mary Buser
7:00 Assigned to Rikers Island as a student
8:30 Wait, you want to go BACK there?
10:00 A Guest in Their House
12:30 The Final Straw 
18:00 The Baddest of the Bad…or a Minor Rules Infraction?
21:00 What Solitary Confinement ACTUALLY Does to a Person
25:45 Tom Clemens, Rick Raemisch, and Reform in CO
29:25 from Ch. 26 Lockdown on Rikers Island


Find Mary Buser at:
https://www.marybuser.com/

Find Social Workers and Allies Against Solitary Confinement at:
https://socialworkersasc.org/

Fine Lockdown on Rikers Island at:
https://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-Rikers-Shocking-Injustice-Notorious/dp/1250077842

Intro/Outro MUSIC CREDIT:
 We've Come A Long Way (No Vocal Version)
 Exzel Music Publishing (freemusicpublicdomain.com)
 Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Sabrina gets to talk with Mary Buser, Director of Social Workers and Allies Against Solitary Confinement, and former assistant director of mental health services at Rikers Island, the huge jail complex in New York City. She has a heart of gold, a depth of knowledge, and work experience that can teach us all SO much. While we avoid any shocking or triggering descriptions in both parts of this interview, we get a real glimpse into the reality of solitary confinement and its torturous impact on people, the challenge of bringing mental health resources and corrections into the same space, and the ways that ordinary people can be a part of positive change in prison neighborhoods everywhere.  (This is the first of a two-part series.)

TIME MARKERS:

0:50 Meet Mary Buser
7:00 Assigned to Rikers Island as a student
8:30 Wait, you want to go BACK there?
10:00 A Guest in Their House
12:30 The Final Straw 
18:00 The Baddest of the Bad…or a Minor Rules Infraction?
21:00 What Solitary Confinement ACTUALLY Does to a Person
25:45 Tom Clemens, Rick Raemisch, and Reform in CO
29:25 from Ch. 26 Lockdown on Rikers Island


Find Mary Buser at:
https://www.marybuser.com/

Find Social Workers and Allies Against Solitary Confinement at:
https://socialworkersasc.org/

Fine Lockdown on Rikers Island at:
https://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-Rikers-Shocking-Injustice-Notorious/dp/1250077842

Intro/Outro MUSIC CREDIT:
 We've Come A Long Way (No Vocal Version)
 Exzel Music Publishing (freemusicpublicdomain.com)
 Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

40 min