Laura Davidson Honored with Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Service Award
On December 8, Laura Davidson, the CA’s Director of Operations, was honored with Public Citizen’s sixth annual Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Service Award in Washington, D.C. With Juvenile Justice Project Associate DeAvery Irons taking the lead, CA staff nominated Laura for the award, which recognizes individuals who have worked long and hard performing critical functions for a nonprofit organization, but who have not received public credit commensurate with their contributions.
Laura’s commitment to the mission and the vision of the organization extends well beyond the bounds of the work day and her job description. She is a selfless advisor and confidante to many staff members, and has been a source of support and comfort to the formerly incarcerated people and their family members, who come, however briefly, through the CA’s door. She has given clothing, time, and emotional sustenance to many participants in our leadership development programs, many of whom are adults recently released from prison or young people with troubled home lives.
Though Laura is seldom directly involved with our policy reform efforts, all the duties she performs administratively and operationally, plus her heartfelt moral support, enable the rest of us to carry out the tasks aimed at improving the administration of justice. Though not so visible to the eyes of the world, we see her as our most important soldier for justice. Without Laura’s organizational, personal, and professional acumen, foresight, and wisdom, the CA would not be the highly effective organization it is today.
Coalition for Women Prisoners Applauds Governor Cuomo for Inclusion of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act in 2019 Executive Budget
(January 18, 2019, NY): The Coalition for Women Prisoners applauds Governor Cuomo for his support of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA). The inclusion of the DVSJA in the Governor’s 2019 executive budget is an enormously important development and a key step towards achieving justice for criminalized survivors of domestic violence.Read More
On the morning of April 13, 2015, a guard at Sullivan Correctional Facility, a New York State maximum-security prison nestled deep in the woods of the western Catskills, ordered a prisoner named Karl Taylor to clean his cell. By all accounts, the cell, in the prison’s E North housing block—a special unit for inmates classified [...]Read More
“Prison Within Prison: Voices of Women Held In Isolated Confinement in New York” is a collection of oral and visual observations from twenty women about their experiences being held in isolated confinement in New York’s women’s prisons and Rikers Island. They are advocates and leaders on a range of issues in the movement to end [...]Read More
WOMEN AND ISOLATED CONFINEMENT Women held in isolated confinement are subjected to dehumanizing treatment—treatment that makes it difficult for them to maintain their dignity, hygiene, nutrition and personal property. They can get in trouble for something as simple as attempting to talk to the person next to them. They are denied commissary privileges which provide [...]Read More