Correctional Association Joins Campaign to Challenge Solitary Confinement
The Correctional Association joined with dozens of organizations to launch the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC).
CAIC is a state-wide campaign of organizations, formerly incarcerated people, family members of people in prison, and concerned community members challenging the torturous abuse of solitary confinement.
CAIC believes we need legislative action to dismantle the current system of solitary in New York prisons and jails, and engages in public education and community outreach to organize support for that end.
As a long-time leader on the issue of solitary confinement in New York, the Correctional Association is excited to help launch CAIC and continue to build a movement for change.
We urge you to join us in this important campaign.
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
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