Hip Hop 4 Human Rights

Hip Hop 4 Human Rights was TrackRecord's first event. In partnership with Fusion, we held a free concert and rally in Albany to raise awareness about solitary confinement.

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Hip Hop 4 Human Rights, TrackRecord's first event.
Hip Hop 4 Human Rights, TrackRecord's first event.

On April 12th, 2016, TrackRecord and Fusion held an event to raise awareness about solitary confinement: HipHop 4 Human Rights was a free hip-hop concert and speak-out at West Capitol Park, steps away from the State Capitol in Albany, New York, where the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement was holding its third annual advocacy day.

Solitary confinement consists of isolating people in closed cells for 22 to 23 hours a day. Isolation techniques have been condemned by human rights groups and the U.N. for their devastating physical and psychological effects; the U.N. officially recognizes solitary confinement as a form of torture.

Yet, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are more than 80,000 people held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons–and this number does not account for jails and juvenile detention centers, where isolation techniques are also practiced.