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Angelo Pinto, Raise the Age Campaign Manager, appears on Lillian George’s “Breaking New Grounds” Radio Show to discuss our work to keep youth out of adult jails and prisons.
Correctional Association Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah appeared on a special three-hour program hosted by Walter Turner and Gregg Bridges, examining the challenges and opportunities facing the African American community.
Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah serves as the guest host of “On the Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report,” a weekly hour-long show on WBAI-Pacifica Radio.
CA executive director Soffiyah Elijah hosts a two hour special of Eddie Ellis’ show, On the Count, in celebration of Women’s History month.
A bill that would make New York the fifth state in the country to prohibit shackles on pregnant women inmates was passed three months ago in Albany. Today, women’s rights advocates called on the governor to finally sign it.
A state sentencing commission has issued a new report, a year after it was charged with looking at how to reform New York’s Rockefeller drug laws. The commission recommends allowing judges more discretion in sentencing first and second-time non-violent drug offenders.
CA executive director Robert Gangi responds to Governor Paterson’s proposed executive budget on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.
The Correctional Association weighs in on the misuse of prisons as a “job program” in upstate communities, on this second segment of a two-part report about prison downsizing on NPR.
VOICES FROM CLINTON: First-Hand Accounts of Brutality, Torture, And Cover-up From People Incarcerated at an Infamously Abusive New York State Prison
New York State prisons are plagued by a pervasive and entrenched culture of staff brutality, violence, abuse, racism, dehumanization, and intimidation, as well as the routine infliction of solitary confinement. As Correctional Association of NY (CA) reports on Clinton, Attica, Greene, Fishkill Correctional Facilities and other prisons have long documented, these abuses and their cover-ups [...]
A slideshow created by James Trory (http://www.jamestrory.com ) and the Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York about families separated by prison.
Watch the Correctional Association’s video about the barbaric – and illegal – shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. In 2009 New York enacted a statute restricting the use of shackles on women during childbirth. The law bans outright the use of restraints on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery “after giving birth,” which is meant [...]
Join the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA) Campaign and be part of a movement to change the criminal justice system’s harsh and inappropriate response to DV survivors who act to protect themselves from an abuser’s violence.
At the Correctional Association, our efforts are driven by a deep faith the inherent dignity of all human beings. We are working to create a criminal justice system that treats people and their families with fairness, dignity, opportunity and respect. In this short video, members of our staff and volunteer team describe what we do [...]
New York is one of just two states in the country that treats 16-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system.
Lady Kathryn Williams, an advocate, survivor and member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners testifies about the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act at the Senate Democratic Conference Public Forum on Domestic Violence.
Kim Dadou, advocate and survivor of domestic violence, testifies at Women’s Forum on Domestic Violence.
The Director of the Correctional Association’s Women in Prison Project testifies before the Senate Democratic Conference Public Forum on Domestic Violence on May 30, 2012.
Kim says prison is not the place for a battered woman to be rehabilitated.
Jaya Vasandani, Associate Director of the Women in Prison Project at the CA, explains the policy side of the DVSJA and how it would affect both current DV survivors who are incarcerated and survivor defendants after the bill is passed.
Sharon Richardson, a survivor who spent 20 years in prison, discusses the film and how closely it parallels her own experience in the criminal justice system.
NYC youth attend Advocacy Day in Albany to speak out against the Rockefeller Drug Laws and advocate for less spending on incarceration and more spending on education.
Jesenia Santana, senior policy advisor for STEPS, discusses the importance of Deborah’s story and the urgent need for the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.
Filmmaker Yoav Potash discusses his film and the DVSJA, which is aimed at bringing public attention to the issues raised by the documentary.
The Center for New York City Affairs forum on connection between child welfare and juvenile justice.
A 20-minute documentary featuring interviews with formerly incarcerated survivors and facts and analysis about the criminal justice system’s failure to appropriately respond to domestic violence survivors who become involved in criminal activity as a result of abuse.
On January 19th at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, legislators and advocates viewed Crime After Crime. The co-sponsors of the DVSJA gave inspiring speeches and encouraged advocates to act now. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson spoke about on the “desperate need” for sentencing reform for domestic violence survivors.
Legislators respond to the award-winning film “Crime After Crime” and encourage advocates to act in support of the DVSJA.
On January 19th at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, legislators and advocates viewed Crime After Crime. The co-sponsors of the DVSJA gave inspiring speeches and encouraged advocates to act now. Jesenia Santana from STEPS to End Family Violence explained how to get involved in the DVSJA Campaign and the real need for the proposed legislation.
At their July 2011 meeting, the New York Reentry Roundtable coordinated by the Community Service Society, screened Strength of a Woman to facilitate discussion about securing justice for domestic violence survivors in the criminal justice system. The presentation was conducted by the Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Violence Against Women Committee. Sister Mary Nerney, founder and former director of STEPS to End Family Violence and Greenhope: Services for Women, kicked off the discussion with an explanation about the significance of Strength of a Woman.
Bill sponsor, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, addresses Advocacy Day attendees and urges them to support his bill to give discretion to judges when sentencing survivors of domestic violence who have committed crimes as a direct result of their abuse.
Coalition member and survivor Sharon Richardson, Coalition Associate for the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project Stacey Thompson, and Project Assistant for the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project Jacqueline Velez speak at Advocacy Day in support of the DVSJA on June 7th, 2011.
DV survivor Kim Dadou, describes her experience as a survivor defendant, her 17 years in prison, and the importance of the DVSJA so that other women do not suffer the same consequences.
Soffiyah Elijah discusses the mission and work of the Correctional Association of NY and current issues in criminal justice reform in the state.
The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse — and in some cases, loss of life — will continue.
The inmates were just starting their day on July 6 when dozens of corrections officers burst into their dormitory, shouting for everyone to get down on the floor. The raid at Mid-State Correctional Facility, outside Utica, N.Y., officials said, was a surprise search for weapons made urgent after a bloody injury to a guard three [...]