09.10.2018

US inmates mark end of prison strike with push to regain voting rights

( Sept. 9. 2018,The Guardian) Inmates within America’s overflowing prisons are marking the end of a 19-day national prison strike on Sunday with a new push to regain the vote for up to 6 million Americans who have been stripped of their democratic rights.Read More

08.26.2018

Prison Strike Organizers Aim to Improve Conditions and Pay

(August 26, 2018) New York Times: The inmates at North Carolina’s Hyde Correctional Institution hung three banners from the prison fence last week as supporters gathered outside. One sign asked for better food; another requested parole; the third said, “In solidarity.” The protest came in support of a nationwide prisoner strike to call attention to the low inmate wages, decrepit facilities and harsh sentences that organizers say plague prison populations across the country. Read More

08.16.2018

Prisoner Advocates Say Parole Board is Understated and Overwhelmed

(August 14, 2018) Two groups that advocate on behalf of prisoners issued a report Tuesday charging that the New York State Parole Board is seriously understaffed. It also asserted that two of the board's commissioners are biased against inmates who've committed violent crimes.Read More

06.13.2018

The Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act Passes New York State Assembly

(June 13, 2018, New York): The New York State Assembly yesterday passed the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (A.3080B-Aubry / S.4784A-Parker). The Correctional Association of NY (“CA”), a 174-year-old non-profit organization with legislative authority to inspect NY prisons, has long advocated for passage of HALT as the most recent part of its decades-long effort to oppose the use of solitary confinement. The CA issued the following statement: “The Correctional Association of NY applauds and thanks Speaker Carl Heastie, lead Assembly sponsor Jeffrion Aubry, and the New York State Assembly for passing the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act. "Read More

03.19.2018

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

02.21.2018

Suicide and Self-Harm – Why is it so High in NYS Prisons?

The CA has been monitoring the high rates of suicide and self-harm in the state prisons for more than a decade and has repeatedly drawn attention to excessively high rates of harm at certain prisons and in specific locations, such as solitary confinement and residential mental health units, to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the legislature in the CA’s reports and legislative testimonies. DOCCS suicide rate from 2010-16 was 56% higher than the national average for all US prisons.Read More

12.13.2017

Correctional Association of New York releases “Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Assn.’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”

New York, NY (December 13, 2017): Today The Correctional Assn. of NY (CA), founded in 1844 and one of the oldest prison watchdog organizations in the country, released a 92-page report providing graphic first-hand depictions of physical, mental, and emotional abuse as a result of days, weeks, and often years of being caged in solitary confinement for 23 to 24 hours a day.Read More

10.18.2017

NY sets new rules for solitary confinement in local jails

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York is adopting new standards for the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails, including mandated time outside their cell and increased reporting requirements in an effort to prevent prisoner mistreatment. The changes, issued Tuesday by the state's Commission on Correction, come amid heightened scrutiny of solitary confinement and its psychological effects on inmates.Read More

06.27.2017

State Comptroller Responds to Aging in Prison. Now, Let’s Hear from the Attorney General.

When a crisis plagues our society, we want elected officials to act. So the skyrocketing population of older people in New York prisons should provoke response from New York’s public servants. Recently, it did just that when NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a searing report, “New York’s Aging Prison Population.”Read More

06.19.2017

The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act Challenges Double Punishment

A recent report by the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College (PRI), “Women InJustice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail in New York City,” is the latest study point out that that physical and sexual trauma and abuse histories are a significant root cause for women and girls’ involvement in the criminal legal system. Read More