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Press Release | March 29, 2011

Correctional Association statement in support of plans announced by NYS governor and legislature to close 3,700 adult prison beds, downsize youth facility beds, and enact juvenile justice reforms

Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York, released a public statement today expressing the organization’s strong support for plans announced yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to close 3,700 adult prison beds, downsize the state juvenile prison system by more than 30 percent, and invest in alternative to detention and incarceration programs for young people in the juvenile justice system.Read More

Press Release | January 6, 2011

Correctional Association statement in support of governor cuomo’s remarks on need for prison downsizing in yesterday’s state of the state speech

Robert Gangi, Executive Director of Correctional Association of New York, released a public statement today expressing the organization’s strong support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s remarks in his State of the State speech about the urgent need to close empty or emptying adult prisons and juvenile facilities.Read More

CA in the Press | November 23, 2010

Cuomo Could Shrink the Prison System His Father Built

Gov. Mario Cuomo oversaw the largest expansion of the prison system in the state's history. It is a legacy that Cuomo has said that he regrets. Read More

CA in the Press | September 24, 2010

Local Citizens Meeting with Legislators to Promote Prison Downsizing and Community Reinvestment

On Friday, September 24, in neighborhoods in the city and state that are heavily impacted by incarceration, teams of community members will meet with local legislators to advocate for reducing the use of incarceration in New York.Read More

CA in the Press | June 20, 2010

Litmus Test in Primary: Overhauled Drug

For many Democrats in Albany, it was a landmark achievement: the long-sought overhaul of New York’s strict Rockefeller-era drug laws, repealing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders that critics said disproportionately and unfairly fell on blacks and Latinos. But that legislative victory last year has emerged as a litmus test in the increasingly bitter fiveway Democratic primary battle for attorney general.Read More

CA in the Press | May 14, 2010

Una campaña popular reclama el cierre de diez cárceles y la reforma penitenciaria

La campaña popular destinada a reclamar el cierre de al menos 10 cárceles en el estado de Nueva York comenzará este fin de semana para conseguir también el apoyo a una reformas del sistema penitenciario. Read More

CA in the Press | May 14, 2010

Drop the Lock Up?

Drop the Rock, the coalition that led the fight to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws, is leading the charge to close prisons across the state.Read More

CA in the Press | May 14, 2010

Rallies for stepped-up prison closures

The coalition that pushed for last year's reforms to the Rockefeller Drug Laws are planning events tomorrow to advocate for more prison closures— a move that they argue would “save money, further reduce crime, and build healthy communities.”Read More

CA in the Press | March 23, 2010

After 19 Years, Released From Prison Under the Rockefeller Drug-Law Reforms

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Last year, New York State overhauled what many saw as the overly severe Rockefeller drug laws. The changes eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for most drug offenses, expanded drug treatment alternatives, and reduced some penalties. But what about the people still in prison under the old sentences? Read More

CA in the Press | March 22, 2010

Drop the Rock Group Also Wants to Drop Some Prisons

Criminal justice crusaders from the "Drop the Rock" campaign preached reform of the state prison system from the pulpit of a church near the Capitol during an annual advocacy day event March 16. The rally in the church preceded the lobbying of legislators to support the closure of three minimum- and one medium-security men's prisons proposed in the 2010-2011 Executive Budget.Read More