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

CA Responds to Grand Juries’ Failure to Indict Officers in Garner and Brown Killings

The outrage expressed following the recent refusals of grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island to indict the cops who murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner is not surprising. The fact that no indictments were issued is similarly not surprising. The grand jury results signal, once again, the undeniable flaws in the so-called criminal justice system and the racism that flows throughout it. It is this same racism that created an actual debate about the unconstitutional stop and frisk practices of the NYPD.Read More

CA Juvenile Justice Advocate Speaks at TEDx About Children and Incarceration

On December 4 in Albany Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Director of the CA's Juvenile Justice Project, delivered an impassioned TEDx talk entitled “On Canaries, Love and Justice, ”describing the many ways in which children serve as an early warning system for societal dysfunction, and how criminalizing them endangers and weakens us all. In her moving presentation, Ms. Horowitz-Prisco eloquently made the case for a justice system that is based on the concept of love, not punishment.Read More

CA Releases Updated 2014 Report on Conditions at Attica, Urges Closing Prison

The CA spent this past year investigating the level of violence and staff abuse at Attica and has just issued its 2014 Updated Report on Attica describing its observations and recommendations about the level and causes of violence and abuse, supplementing its 2011 report. Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities.Read More

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