Drop the Rock Coalition

News | March 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

News | June 10, 2014

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

News | May 21, 2014

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

CA in the Press | August 6, 2013

Prisons Get Grayer, But Efforts to Release the Dying Lag


Critics say harsh criteria for compassionate release application make the program superfluous. Read More


CA in the Press | September 4, 2012

Prison buses: Free service helped families cope

An editorial in the Watertown Daily Times discusses the loss of the DOCCS free bus service for families of incarcerated people.Read More

CA in the Press | June 25, 2012

Compassion vs. safety: Should aging/ill prisoners be released?

A growing number of advocates are calling for greater use of an alternative strategy – releasing older and sick inmates.Read More


News | March 1, 2012

Aging Behind Bars: The Facts

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


CA in the Press | February 17, 2012

Capital Profile: J. Soffiyah Elijah

Soffiyah Elijah was interviewed by the Times Union in the State Capital on February 17.Read More

News | July 1, 2011

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

Press Release | July 1, 2011

The Correctional Association of NY applauds New York State’s plan to close seven prisons eliminating 3,800 prison beds and saving millions of taxpayer dollars, and urges further downsizing

The Correctional Association of New York applauds Governor Cuomo for his announcement yesterday to close seven prisons, the most significant commitment to prison reduction since the prison building boom of the 1980s. Read More