03.23.2016

CA Launches Online Video Campaign Urging Governor, Assembly and Senate Heads to Keep “Raise the Age” Bill in Budget

(March 23, 2016, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) launched an online video campaign aimed at pressuring lawmakers to raise the age of criminal responsibility. The release of the videos, which range from 30 to 90 seconds in length, is timed to coincide with the intense budget discussions currently taking place in Albany, as the April 1 deadline looms over the process.Read More

02.17.2016

BLOG: INDIAN POINT VICTIMS – WHAT ABOUT THE PRISONS?

In this blog by CA Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah, recent reports of significant levels of radiation leakage from Indian Point -- and the contamination fears of those in the surrounding area -- leads us to ask the question: what about the more than 11,000 imprisoned men, women and children in facilities as close as 10 miles from the nuclear power plant? Read More

01.26.2016

CA Applauds President’s Ban on Use of Solitary Confinement on Juveniles in Federal Prisons

(January 26, 2016, New York, NY) The Correctional Association applauds President Obama’s decision to restrict the use of solitary confinement. These limitations are a historical first step, including banning solitary for youth of 16 and 17, adding protections for other vulnerable populations including other young people and people with mental health needs, decreasing the lengths of time people can spend in solitary, and limiting the release of people directly from solitary to the outside community. Read More

01.14.2016

Correctional Association Of New York Responds To 2016 State Of The State Address And Governor’s Criminal Justice Legislative Agenda

(January 14, 2016, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA), the oldest criminal justice reform organization in the state, issued the following statement in response to the State of the State Address delivered yesterday by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo: “We are encouraged that the Governor wants to continue to press for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s youth justice system, including raising the age of criminal responsibility. Currently, New York is one of only two states that continue to prosecute 16- and17-year-olds as adults, exposing them to myriad harms and impeding their chances for a successful future."Read More

12.23.2015

CA Disappointed, Dismayed that Governor’s Removal of 16- And-17-Year-Olds From Adult Prisons Will Keep Youth Under DOCCS Authority

(December 23, 2015, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) released the following statement in response to the announcement yesterday that Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order to remove 16- and 17-year-old youths from adult prisons: The Correctional Association of New York is disappointed that Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order removes sixteen- and seventeen-year-old youth from adult prisons, only to place them in a separate facility under the total supervision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Through our unique legislative mandate to monitor the state’s prison system, the CA has consistently found DOCCS staff routinely mistreats and abuses people in their custody and deprives them of the quality mental health, education, and supportive services they need and deserve. Read More

12.21.2015

CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NY HAILS GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON YOUTH PARDONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Annette Warren-Dickerson, Communications Director, adickerson@correctionalassociation.org; 646-539-5911 Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, selijah@correctionalassociation.org 617-905-7623 (December 21, 2015, New York, NY): The Correctional Association of New York (CA) enthusiastically supports Governor Cuomo’s decision to use his executive power to address some of the harms done to New York’s children by saddling them with the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.Read More

12.16.2015

CA APPLAUDS AGREEMENT WITH NEW YORK STATE ON THE USE OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NYS STATE PRISONS

(December 16, 2015, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA), the state’s oldest criminal justice reform organization, released the following statement in reaction to the announcement of an agreement with the state of New York resulting from litigation challenging NYDOCCS’ use of solitary confinement:Read More

06.23.2015

CA RESPONDS TO FAILURE OF NYS LAWMAKERS TO RAISE THE AGE

(June 23, 2015, New York, NY): Today, The Correctional Association of New York (CA) released the following statement in response to the failure the New York State Legislature to pass Raise the Age legislation this session: It is extremely disappointing that the Legislature and Governor did not come to an agreement to pass raise the age legislation this session, thereby failing to perform the most basic and vital role of protecting our children.Read More

06.15.2015

60 ORGANIZATIONS PEN OPEN LETTER TO NY GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE: RAISE THE AGE NOW

June 15, 2015 - In an open letter to be hand-delivered to Albany today, sixty state-wide and national organizations including international human rights groups, social workers, faith-based organizations and children's advocates, strongly urged the passage of Raise the Age legislation before the sessions ends this week.Read More

06.02.2015

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