E.D. Soffiyah Elijah Discusses Cuba Incarceration Models in Guernica Interview
In 2015, CA Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah organized three trips to Cuba, providing travelers an opportunity to observe up close how Cuba’s criminal justice system operates in comparison – and contrast – to the way that the United States’ system prosecutes and incarcerates people. In a recent 2016 issue of Guernica magazine, writer Hyatt Bass, a member of one of the CA delegations to Cuba, interviewed Elijah about the distinctions between the two countries when it comes to the concept of punishment.
In the conversation entitled, “Lessons from Cuba’s Incarceration Model,” the women share their perspectives on what they both agree is a broken U.S. criminal justice system, while giving the reader a glimpse into Cuba’s prison conditions for men, women and youth, approaches to rehabilitation, re-entry, proximity to home communities, and access for foreign visitors to their prisons. Elijah. a veteran visitor to Cuba and a seasoned observer of the workings of the American criminal justice systems, was the ideal guide. As she observed, “You don’t have this demonization and stereotyping that we have here, where incarcerated people are so ostracized they’re like the untouchables.”
Correctional Assn. of NY Testifies at NY Assembly Hearing on Prison Health; Urges Health Department oversight, end to delays in treatment, and increase in resources for better care
(October 31, 2017, New York, NY) The Correctional Association of New York (CA) yesterday was one of more than fifteen organizations and agencies testifying at a New York State Assembly Joint Health and Correction’s public hearing on prison healthcare. Through our statutory authority granted in 1846, the CA monitors New York prisons and reports to [...]Read More
ALBANY — New York’s complex of 54 state prison facilities is struggling to fill vacant jobs for nurses, doctors and other health care providers. Filling those vacancies and dealing with an aging prison population at facilities across the state have become among the tallest challenges for the $3 billion correctional system, top administrators concede. In [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More
Watch the Correctional Association’s video about the barbaric – and illegal – shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. In 2009 New York enacted a statute restricting the use of shackles on women during childbirth. The law bans outright the use of restraints on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery “after giving birth,” which is meant [...]Read More