A Fun and Empowering Holiday Event for Formerly Incarcerated Women and Their Families
The Coalition for Women Prisoners, led by the CA’s Women in Prison Project, hosted its first Open House for formerly incarcerated women on December 18. Coalition members distributed information on advocacy, employment, housing, children and family services, substance abuse, entitlements, domestic violence, legal services, physical and mental health and other issues to more than 100 women.
The day’s events also included food, music, gifts, rapid HIV testing, free clothing and a screening of What I Want My Words To Do To You, a film by Judith Katz and Eve Ensler, which documents a women’s writing program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester.
The Open House achieved its goals: to connect formerly incarcerated women to resources in their communities, and to raise the visibility of the Coalition among formerly incarcerated women and other community members.
CA Applauds Commitment to Raise the Age in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, Laments No Mention of Racism, Violence, and Abuse in NYS Prisons
(January 9, 2016) New York, NY: The Correctional Association of New York roundly applauds the continued commitment of Governor Andrew Cuomo to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York, ending the prosecution and incarceration of 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. It is now up to the members of both parties in the NYS Legislature to do their duty to make this a reality. In spite of the Governor’s assertion that the "nation looks to NY to find a way up," we actually fall behind 48 other states, along with North Carolina, by continuing to treat children as adults in the criminal legal system. New York must Raise the Age of criminal responsibility this legislative session. Read More
In New York State, 16 and 17-year-olds arrested or detained can be sent to adult prisons and jails. Despite multiple studies that show a teenager’s brain functions are not fully developed, our state insists on charging young people like adults, creating a generation of over-incarcerated youth in New York. We sat down to speak with [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
The Correctional Association of NY released a report on March 31, 2016 about Collins Correctional Facility, highlighting the large number of people with mental illness incarcerated at Collins and the lack of support and programs for these and other people incarcerated at the prison. Collins Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in western New [...]Read More