Coalition Defends Sexually Exploited Youth
In a disturbing trend, young people in New York are being enticed into prostitution at very early ages—some as young as 11 or 12. Many are homeless, most have a history of physical or sexual abuse, and all are too young to legally consent to sex. Yet the state’s response is not to provide them with the housing, education and psychological care they need, but to send them to jail.
The Juvenile Justice Coalition (JJC), coordinated by the Correctional Association, is leading the effort to create less punitive, more therapeutic responses to sexually exploited youth. Last year, JJC helped defeat legislation that would have increased criminal penalties for youth under the age of 16 who are charged with loitering for prostitution. This year, we have joined with legislators in both the Assembly and the Senate to introduce the Sexually Exploited Young Person’s Protection Act, which will end prosecution of, and provide services to, sexually exploited youth (see above for details). We are very encouraged by the bipartisan support for this bill, and hope that the needed protections for sexually exploited young people will soon be in place.
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
Victor Pate spent almost two years in solitary confinement in New York prisons, off and on. Once, he said, he was isolated for 90 days for having too many bed sheets in his room. Only two sheets were allowed per prisoner, but Pate was at his prison job when laundry pickup came, he said, so [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the Correctional Association's Juvenile Justice Project, testified before the New York State Legislature on the Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-2014.Read More