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CA Launches Multimedia Project on Negative Impact of Youth Prosecuted as Adults in NY

(June 2, 2015, New York, NY) Today, as juvenile justice advocates from across New York State gather in Albany to launch a robust final push urging lawmakers to raise the age of criminal responsibility this legislative session, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) has released “Facing Time: Facing Future,” a multimedia project comprised of portraits, videos and personal testimonials that poignantly reflect the negative impact of prosecuting children as adults. Read More


“The kids aren’t all right”

n this timely and insightful piece in The Hill on March 11 by the CA's Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project, and Sarah Bryer, Director of the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN), the authors lay out a cogent and fact-based case for why there needs to be significant change in our youth justice system.Read More


CA Testifies Before NYC Correction Board to Oppose New Rule Establishing Enhanced Supervision Housing (ESH) Units

In testimony presented at a public hearing on proposed rule making by the NYC Board of Correction (BOC), the CA strongly expressed its opposition to the establishment of Enhanced Supervision Housing (ESH) units in its jails. The CA also called for an end to solitary confinement for everyone incarcerated in NYC and New York State jails and prisons, responding to recent reports that NYC will end such treatment for 16- and 17-year olds only.Read More


Join us for a Pride Month Community Forum

Come hear researcher Dr. Sarah Mountz talk about her work with LGBTQ youth who were locked up in New York's girls’ youth justice facilities.Read More


Testifying for transparency in the youth justice system

A new bill could provide the public with critical information about the conditions of ACS youth justice facilities. Read More


7 Principles to Change the Course of Youth Justice

"Our current youth justice system systematically fails young people, their families, crime victims, and public safety at exorbitant taxpayer cost," claims Prisco, Director of the Association's Juvenile Justice Project, in a new article for the NY Law School Law Review. Read More


Youth leaders speak out about the Close to Home Initiative

Youth from the CA’s Safe Passages program testified at a public hearing on the Close To Home Initiative plan released earlier this spring by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.Read More


Confronting Homophobia on the Inside

For the estimated ten percent of young people confined in New York’s youth prisons and jails who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ), every day can be a struggle. After facing rejection from their families, abuse on the street, and discrimination at school, once caught up in the criminal justice system, LGBTQ young people report being slapped, hit, punched, kicked, threatened and called names by facility residents and sometimes even staff.Read More


CA Victory: OCFS Enacts Landmark Policy for Gay and Transgender Youth

In March, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) enacted an agency-wide anti-discrimination policy designed to support and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in state juvenile facilities. Read More


Rights for Incarcerated Youth: Juvenile Justice Project Tackles Harassment and Discrimination

All young people deserve to live free from intimidation, harassment and abuse, especially from the people who are supposed to be guarding their welfare. But for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who are con?ned in New York detention centers, this basic human right is too often compromised. The New York Juvenile Justice Coalition, which the CA’s Juvenile Justice Project coordinates, is the only juvenile justice coalition in the country striving to ensure the safety of LGBT youth involved in the court system.Read More