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.
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