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CA in the Press | December 21, 2015

Gov. Cuomo seeking to pardon thousands who committed crimes as teens

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking to pardon thousands of New Yorkers convicted of either misdemeanors or non-violent felonies as teenagers. Cuomo’s office says “approximately 10,000 people will be impacted” and that around 350 people will become eligible for pardoning each year. The pardons will affect people who have not been convicted of a crime in 10 years.Read More

News | December 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

CA in the Press | September 29, 2015

Report: NYC Criminal Justice System Needs to Reform How It Treats LGBTQ Youth

The criminal justice system in New York City is ill equipped to deal with the needs of LGBTQ young people who engage in survival sex, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. Youth cycle through the system, an experience that compounds the difficulties that may initially have led them to have survival sex, said Meredith Dank, lead author of the report and a senior research associate at the institute.Read More

CA in the Press | June 29, 2015

‘Raise the Age’ effort fails; youth can still be prosecuted and tried as adults

To the dismay of the Raise the Age NY Campaign and its supporters, lawmakers did not reach an agreement on changing the age of criminal responsibility in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had prioritized raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18, mentioning it in his State of the State Address and it was also a goal of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus in the Legislature.Read More

News | June 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

News | June 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

News | June 2, 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

CA in the Press | April 28, 2015

Advocates urge age change

Anjeliique Wadlington, incarcerated as a youth, speaks at Raise The Age NY press conferencePhoto credit: John Carl D’Annibale/Times Union Formerly incarcerated youths and their family members stood with advocates at the Capitol Tuesday to share their firsthand interactions with the criminal justice system and hoping to convince lawmakers to raise the state’s age of criminal responsibility before the end of the legislative session in June.Read More

CA in the Press | April 13, 2015

Girls Fare Better in Open-Door Justice Programs

If a girl in New York State gets arrested by the police and winds up in a juvenile detention facility her horizons quickly close in. Just ask Marsha Weissman, executive director of a group called the Center for Community Alternatives, which has locations in New York City, Syracuse and Rochester. “Our work with adult women .Read More

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CA in the Press | March 20, 2015

Support grows for keeping teens out of NY prisons

Support appears to be growing in Albany, N.Y., for legislation that would keep teenagers out of New York’s adult prisons. Governor Andrew Cuomo backed the “Raise the Age” campaign. Now, Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, has signed on, along with a growing number of police and prosecutors.Read More