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The Correctional Association of New York Names Jennifer Scaife as Executive Director

New York, NY – March 19, 2018– The Board of Directors of The Correctional Association of New York has appointed Jennifer Scaife as its new Executive Director. Scaife, who brings to this position an extensive history of engagement and experience in criminal justice reform in both California and New York, most recently has served as the Executive Director of Prevention, Diversion, and Reintegration in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.Read More


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


NYS Parole Board Passes Revised Regulations

On April 21, the New York State Parole Board voted unanimously to adopt the revised regulations guiding parole release decisions. Despite receiving hundreds of comments from so many of us — directly impacted individuals, community members, advocates, and lawmakers — urging specific changes in the regulations, the Board took less than three minutes to adopt them without any of the recommended revisions. Read More


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


Rockefeller Drug Law Victory

On April 24, 2009, Governor David Paterson signed into law significant reforms marking the beginning of the end of New York’s notorious Rockefeller Drug Laws. The deal for reform came three weeks after the CA’s Drop the Rock Advocacy Day in Albany—where advocates delivered 30,000 petitions supporting repeal to Governor Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith— and only two days after a rally calling for the end of the drug laws outside of Governor Paterson’s New York City office.Read More


Pros and Cons of Recent Rockefeller Reforms

The reforms represent the beginning of the end for the Rockefeller Drug Laws. But there is still work to be done. PROS The reforms restore judicial discretion for broad categories of individuals charged with drug offenses, including many individuals convicted of second felony drug crimes. The reforms provide for a significant increase in funding for drug treatment and rehabilitation programs in prisons and for community-based alternatives to incarceration.Read More


Drop the Rock Empowerment Day Statewide Action Against the Rockefeller Drug Laws

On October 4, the CA’s Drop the Rock campaign to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws—New York’s wasteful, ineffective, and racially-biased sentencing policies—organized its first-ever Empowerment Day. Over 150 volunteers turned out early on a Saturday morning to canvass neighborhoods across the state and motivate New Yorkers to take action against the laws.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