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Legislative Victory for People Living with HIV and Hepatitis C

Governor Paterson has signed a law mandating that the Department of Health (DOH) monitor HIV and hepatitis C care in New York’s prisons and jails–a key recommendation in the CA’s recent report, Healthcare in New York’s Prisons. The bill’s enactment comes after many years of advocacy by the CA and its allies–and right on the heels of a targeted email campaign organized by the CA, in which hundreds of supporters sent messages to the Governor urging him to sign the legislation.Read More


Looking back: Advocacy Community Witnesses Decades of Effort Come to Fruition

As knowledge about AIDS emerged in the early 1980s, advocates quickly identified a serious crisis-within-a-crisis inside New York’s prison system. The first confirmed AIDS-related death in a New York prison took place in November 1981, and by the height of the epidemic, approximately 9,500 incarcerated individuals were infected with HIV. In the early 1990s, two-thirds of all incarcerated individual deaths in New York were AIDS-related.Read More


New CA Report on Prison Healthcare

“Good prison health is good public health,” explains Jack Beck, Director of the Prison Visiting Project and principal author of the new CA report, Healthcare in New York Prisons, 2004-2007. Undertaken at the request of the New York State Assembly’s Health and Correction Committees, the study represents the most comprehensive analysis of medical services in a single state’s prison system ever prepared.Read More


Legislative Victory: Healthcare Coverage for People Leaving Prison

Lorrayne Patterson-Greene, active member in the CA’s Coalition for Women Prisoners and re-entry specialist at Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, recounted for The New York Times how she had to visit the emergency room in order to get blood pressure pills after she was released from state prison: “I was really scared,” she told the reporter.Read More


Women in Prison Project Launches Prison Health Library Project

Since its inception in 1991, the Women in Prison Project (WIPP) has advocated for improved healthcare services for incarcerated women. One of the Project’s more recent efforts has been aimed at establishing a women’s health section in all the general libraries at women’s prisons. Most prison libraries contain too few or out-of-date health materials, and the lack of quality information can have grave consequences.Read More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


Seeing it from the inside: New Board Member Richard Gutierrez talks about his first prison visit

Since 1846, the Correctional Association has used its special legislative authority to enter prisons and report on conditions of confinement to policymakers and the public. Still, only a small number of people can enter the prisons with the CA, leaving prison life largely hidden from public view. In the following interview Richard Gutierrez, who joined the Correctional Association board last year, relates his impressions of prison life from a January 2003 visit to Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison for 2,300 men.Read More