Board of the Correctional Association of New York Appoints Carlton S. Mitchell Interim Executive Director

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 Board of the Correctional Association of New York Appoints Carlton S. Mitchell Interim Executive Director

CSM photo(September 22, 2016, New York): On September 22, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Correctional Association of New York announced the appointment of Carlton S. Mitchell as Interim Executive Director. He will start his duties in September 2016.

In announcing the appointment, Board Chair Clay Hiles said,  “The Correctional Association is particularly fortunate to welcome Carlton Mitchell at this time of transition in leadership within the CA and of great challenges and opportunities for the communities whom it serves.  We look forward with both confidence and excitement to having his experienced and steady hand at the helm of as we continue our crucial mission of making the lives of incarcerated New Yorkers both more humane and constructive and seeking justice for the communities from which they come and to which they will return.”           

In accepting the appointment, Mr. Mitchell said, “Valuing the humanity of all mankind and challenging social injustice in all forms is at the core of my belief system and it is where my purpose intersects with my passion. My responsibility will be to provide strong and effective leadership to the staff who are directly involved in making a difference in people’s lives and supporting the board.”

The Board engaged the services of the Support Center | Partnership in Philanthropy to facilitate the interim placement. Keith Timko, Executive Director of the Support Center, spoke highly of Mr. Mitchell’s talent as an interim executive, saying, “Carlton has the exact skill set for what the CA needs right now: strategic vision, solid management, financial acumen, and the ability to connect with people. This is a great placement.” 

The Correctional Association of New York is a 172-year old independent nonprofit organization with unique authority to visit state prisons, shed light on prison conditions, and advocate for reform and improvement. The organization advocates for a more humane and fair criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society, employing a strategic model of research, policy analysis, prison monitoring, coalition building, leadership development and advocacy. The organization works with a broad base of stakeholders to strengthen the communities most negatively affected by criminal justice policy and decrease the state’s excessive use of incarceration as a punishment to those affected by poor socioeconomic conditions. The Correctional Association’s efforts are driven by a deep faith in the inherent dignity of all human beings.

Mr. Mitchell recently concluded a term as Interim Executive Director of Inwood House, an organization which primarily serves the needs of pregnant and parenting teens, where he had chief responsibility for executing a merger, and demonstrated strong leadership during an important transition period. Mr. Mitchell’s credentials include over 30 years of executive level experience in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors and numerous placements as an interim executive director. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Policy from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Howard University.

Reporting to the Board, Mr. Mitchell will help to set the strategic direction for the Correctional Association and lay the groundwork for his successor. The Board is currently planning the search for a permanent Executive Director who will assume leadership at the conclusion of the interim term.

J. Soffiyah Elijah, the CA’s previous Executive Director, is now the founder and E.D. of the Alliance of Families for Justice, which she created to provide support for families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records.