Actor and Activist Danny Glover Joins the Board of Directors of the Correctional Association of New York

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Independent Non-Profit Advocating for a More Humane & Effective Criminal Justice System Announces New Board Member

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New York, NY (December 13, 2012)—The Correctional Association of New York announced today the addition of esteemed actor and activist Danny Glover to its Board of Directors.

An independent non-profit organization with a legislative mandate to monitor conditions inside New York’s state prisons, the Correctional Association has engaged in research, public education, prison monitoring, policy analysis and advocacy since 1844.

“I am excited about the work the Correctional Association has done in the past and its vision for the future,” said Mr. Glover. “I am honored to be part of a tradition that is in service not only to the state of New York, but is at the forefront of many of the different ways responsible citizens are working together to change our nation’s culture of mass incarceration.”

“I am so proud to be a part of this legacy, and I am excited to help the Correctional Association continue to grow and continue to speak truth to the needs of incarcerated men, women, and youth, as well as their families and communities.”

“The Board of Directors of the Correctional Association is thrilled that Danny Glover will be joining us,” said Peter v.Z. Cobb, the Board Chair of the Correctional Association.  “Over the years, Danny has been an informed and passionate advocate for social justice.  His graceful and enthusiastic advocacy will be an enormous asset as we pursue our mission of bringing the conditions and uses of incarceration in the state of New York and the country as a whole into line with what they should be in a truly civilized society.”

The Association’s Board of Directors plays a crucial role in shaping how the organization carries out its mission.  Alongside the organization’s staff, the Board works to improve conditions inside prisons; reduce the use and abuse of incarceration; promote transparency and accountability in the justice system; and empower the communities and individuals most affected by the criminal justice system.

“Danny joins an outstanding group of committed professionals who have lent their voice and talents to furthering the mission of the Correctional Association,” said Soffiyah Elijah, the Executive Director of the Correctional Association. “We welcome him to the fold and look forward to adding his voice to the growing chorus for the recognition of the humanity of all people on both sides of the walls.”

A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys which brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following  year Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. In 1987 Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on the star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels.  Glover has also invested his talents in more personal projects  including the award-winning To Sleep With Anger which he executive produced and for which he won and Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bopha!¸Manderlay, Missing in America and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play Boseman and Lena.  He also starred in Saw, Five Minarets in New York, Donovan’s Echo and The Children’s Republic.

Aside from his prolific career as an actor, Mr. Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Mr. Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.

“The addition of Danny Glover to our Board of Directors is a major milestone in the history of the organization, and a testament to the importance of our work on the global landscape,” said Ms. Elijah. “The Correctional Association’s impact on criminal justice reform has been impressive, and yet there is still much more to be done.  Danny is a humanitarian whose insight and willingness to take action has improved the lives of millions around the world. We are thrilled that his talents will be put to use at the Association to help those whose lives have been damaged by the criminal justice system. Until the humanity of every incarcerated person is recognized and valued, we will not rest.”

About the Correctional Association of New York

Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York is an independent non-profit organization advocating for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. Through coalition-building and leadership training programs for formerly incarcerated people, the Correctional Association works to build the power of the communities most negatively affected by criminal justice policy. One of only two private organizations in the country with unrestricted access to prisons, the Association has a legislative mandate to inspect conditions of confinement in New York and report its findings to the legislature, the press, and the public. The Association works to counter the abuses inherent in the criminal justice system, to affirm the value of all people, and to promote policies that transform individuals and society for the better.