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.

Investing in Leaders

The CA's team of committed advocates and professionals make change happen.

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

For Pussy Riot members, no more taking freedom for granted

Pussy Riot has been on an international journey of sorts — not to “breathe fresh air and enjoy ourselves” but to visit prisons in other countries and bring what they learn back to Russia.Read More

Act now: submit a public comment on parole reform

New York needs parole reform, and this is our chance to make a change.Read More

A better proposal for NYS parole regulations

In 2011, an Executive Law mandated the New York State Board of Parole to base release decisions on risk assessment tools, but until now, the board has failed to do so. Read More

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