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Aging Behind Bars: The Facts

There are smarter, more humane alternatives to incarcerating elderly people who pose no threat to public safety.Read More



Prison closures announced

The CA applauds the Governor Cuomo for his decision this year to nearly a dozen adult prisons and juvenile facilities, the most significant commitment to downsizing since the prison-building boom of the 1980s. The plan includes seven minimum- and medium-security facilities for men: Arthur Kill; Buffalo Work Release; Camp Georgetown; Fulton Work Release; Mid-Orange; Oneida; and Summit Shock. Four juvenile facilities have been closed and four will remain in operation at reduced capacity.Read More


CA responds to Governor Cuomo’s plans to close prisons

On March 22, the Correctional Association brought 300 advocates to Albany to urge state leaders to close underutilized prisons and reform the state's badly broken juvenile justice system. Read More


CA Campaign Helps Close Juvenile Prisons

In February, shortly after New York's Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) announced its plan to close six juvenile facilities, the CA's Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) launched a strategic campaign to educate the public about the closures and urge policymakers to support the agency's plan. Read More


DOCS’ Prison Closure Plan Falls Victim to Albany Politics

As a longtime advocate for reducing New York’s prison population and capacity, the CA welcomed a Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) announcement in January stating its intent to close four state prisons. Unfortunately, the governor and state legislative leaders restored funding for the facilities in the State’s final approved budget. Like the Office of Children and Family Services–which the same day announced its own plans to close six juvenile facilities–DOCS cited underutilization as a driving force behind its plan.Read More


Letter from the Director: Tough Times Call For Smart Measures

Even before September’s Wall Street collapse, New York Governor David Paterson was calling the State’s looming budget gap—more than $26 billion over three years—a crisis, likening it to the Great Depression. In response, the governor ordered across-the-board agency cuts, setting no priorities about which programs to preserve and which to eliminate.Read More


Juvenile Justice Project Calls on City to Close the Notorious Spofford Youth Jail

Last year, the Juvenile Justice Project worked with Justice 4 Youth, a city-wide coalition of youth groups, to stop New York City from adding 200 beds to its juvenile detention system.Read More