CA Honors Peter Swords with 1844 Medal, Celebrates Art and Social Justice
On June 15th, the Correctional Association honored Peter Swords, a long time board member and Treasurer of the Association, with our 1844 Medal at our annual spring benefit.
This year’s benefit, Art for Justice, held at the beautiful Rubin Museum of Art, featured moving performances from actor/director/producer Giancarlo Esposito; Haitian musical legend Emeline Michel; CA staff members Stacey Thompson, Richard Bryant and Sam Streed; poet, activist, and educator Ella Turenne; folk musician Terry Winchell; and poet and ReConnect graduate Sharon White-Harrigan.
The CA extends its deepest gratitude to all those generosity helped us to create a successful evening and to pay tribute to our great friend and ally Peter Swords. We would especially like to recognize the invaluable work of our creative consultant, Kathy Engel, who helped to coordinate the evening of performances. We also extend a very special thanks to the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and the Rubin Museum of Art for their generosity and assistance throughout the event planning process.
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