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1000 Religious Leaders Call for Smarter Federal Drug Sentencing

Hundreds of faith leaders affiliated with more than 40 faith organizations, including Roman Catholics, Jews, Evangelical Protestants and Mainline Protestants signed onto a letter calling on Congress to support the Smarter Sentencing Act (S1410/HR3382). Read More


On Prison and Pregnancy

Tamar Kraft-Stolar is the director of the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York, an organization that monitors women’s prisons in the state. Read More


More women denied from nursery at Bedford Hills

For more than a century, New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility has been home to a nursery program that allows women who give birth while incarcerated to stay with their children.Read More


A Fair Chance for Families Separated by Prison

On June 15, 2010 incarcerated parents and their children received long sought-after and critical support in their efforts to maintain ties to each other and to protect parental rights. On that day, after years of advocacy by the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, the Coalition for Women Prisoners, and allies statewide, Governor David Paterson signed into law the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) Expanded Discretion Bill.Read More


Helping Mothers and Children Stay Connected–During and After Prison: Bringing the Family Reunion Program to Albion

The Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) has begun the process of establishing a Family Reunion Program (FRP)–which allows incarcerated people to have extended, overnight visits with family–at Albion Correctional Facility, New York’s largest prison for women. Our Women in Prison Project, led by Director Tamar Kraft-Stolar, and its Coalition for Women Prisoners have long pressed for an FRP at Albion and, with the full support and efforts of DOCS Commissioner Brian Fischer, helped secure an allocation of $200,000 for the program in this year’s state budget.Read More


Protecting the Rights of Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

The Women in Prison Project has made an important advance in its efforts to lessen the harsh effects of New York’s Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) on incarcerated parents. ASFA almost always requires foster care agencies to file a termination of parental rights proceeding if a child has been in foster care for 15 of the last 22 months.Read More


Women Speak Out About Criminal Justice Policies

On March 6, formerly incarcerated women and other advocates braved sub-zero temperatures to participate in the Coalition for Women Prisoners’ 13th annual Advocacy Day, coordinated by the CA’s Women in Prison Project. Over 300 people attended the Albany event, making it the Coalition’s largest Advocacy Day yet. The day began with welcoming remarks by Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry, sponsor of the Coalition’s Advocacy Day and Chair of the Committee on Corrections, followed by the presentation of six Advocate for Justice awards.Read More


A Law’s Fallout: Women in Prison Fight for Custody

The Wall Street Journal recently published a front-page story about the far-reaching consequences of maternal incarceration on children and families. The February 27 article, written by Laurie P. Cohen, focused on the difficulties incarcerated mothers face in maintaining their parental rights to their children. It references the recently released report by the CA’s Women in Prison Project, When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: The Collision of Child Welfare and the Incarceration of Women in New York State, which takes an in-depth look at these same issues.Read More


Advocates Speak Out for Youth and Women

The Coalition for Women Prisoners, coordinated by the CA’s Women in Prison Project, held its 11th Annual Advocacy Day on March 8th–International Women’s Day. Despite a blizzard, the event was a terrific success: over 200 formerly incarcerated women and other advocates met with 100 state legislators and their staff to advocate for the Coalition’s 2005 priority issues.Read More


When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: A New Report from the Women in Prison Project

The crisis of families torn apart by prison has grown considerably worse over the past three decades: a significant increase in the number of incarcerated women has resulted in thousands of children–innocent of any crime–being separated from their primary caregivers. The CA’s upcoming report, When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: The Collision of Child Welfare and the Incarceration of Women in New York State, analyzes the devastating social, emotional and economic disruption families often endure when a mother is incarcerated.Read More