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

Union Representing NYS Correction Officers Endorses Anti-Shackling Bill

In a stunning example of how a clear issue of injustice can unite even the most opposing sides, the Albany Times Union reported on October  5 that the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), which represents the state’s corrections officers,  announced its support for the 2015 Anti-Shackling Bill, which would ban the shackling of incarcerated women throughout all stages of pregnancy, including up to 8 weeks postpartum. Read More


(October 5, 2015 - New York, NY) Today, an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of a new bill that would end the practice of shackling pregnant women incarcerated in New York gathered across from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYC office in busy midtown to urge him to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Read More

Prison Inmates Put a Name to a Feared Guard Known as Captain America

On October 1, The New York Times published yet another article exposing  the scope and breadth of violence and abuse that permeates the New York State prison system. In the latest of a string of accounts dating back to the Spring of 2015, NYT reporters Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip   highlight the prison guard known throughout  Clinton C.F.Read More

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