New Report:

Reproductive Injustice: The State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons

Raise the Age for All Youth

New York is one of only two states where youth over the age of 15 are automatically prosecuted as and incarcerated alongside adults, regardless of the severity of their alleged offenses.

 

Building a Movement

Through coalition building and leadership training, the CA mobilizes individuals to advocate for change.

Informing the Debate

The CA researches key criminal justice issues, identifies abusive practices and educates the public about what goes on behind prison walls.

Advocating for Change

The CA presses policymakers to enact reforms to create a more fair, just and humane criminal justice system.

Shining a Light

As the only private organization in New York with a legislative mandate to monitor prisons, the CA investigates conditions inside prisons and issues reports on conditions of confinement.

Latest News

Saving New Yorkers Money By Turning on the TAP for Learning

Currently, there is a ban in New York State  on incarcerated people receiving financial  assistance from the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to pursue higher education while in prison.  In this blog, penned on April 17 by the CA's Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah,  she describes the myriad benefits of restoring TAP for people who are incarcerated in New York State prisons.Read More

“The kids aren’t all right”

n this timely and insightful piece in The Hill on March 11 by the CA's Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project, and Sarah Bryer, Director of the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), the authors lay out a cogent and fact-based case for why there needs to be significant change in our youth justice system.Read More

CA Says Attica Guards’ Plea Deal in 2011 Gang Assault is Historic, Not Justice

March 3, 2015, (New York, NY): The misdemeanor plea deals offered to the three Attica guards who brutally beat George Williams are historic. Indeed, it is the first time in the history of New York State that any guard has been prosecuted for brutality against someone in prison. It is significant because it sends a message that prosecution is possible. But there’s another message here, one that we know all too well -- that the lives of people who are incarcerated hold little to no value. Read More

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