Prison Visiting Project Launches Substance Abuse Treatment Study
The Prison Visiting Project has launched a two-year study to examine the degree to which New York State prison-based substance abuse treatment meets the needs of incarcerated individuals with addiction problems.
Substance abuse is one of the most pressing concerns currently facing New York’s prison system.
- The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s (DOCCS) identifies approximately three quarters of the state’s prison population as needing substance abuse treatment.
- At any time, there are approximately 9,840 incarcerated people involved in some form of substance abuse treatment in New York’s prisons.
Utilizing the Correctional Association’s unique access to prisons, we will assess services through interviews with incarcerated participants and staff in substance abuse treatment programs, and observe treatment sessions, residential treatment areas and transitional services.
All prison policies and practices ultimately have a substantial impact on our local communities. An important part of this Project is to evaluate DOCCS’ efforts to assist individuals in transitioning to community-based treatment programs once they are discharged.
The final report prepared at the conclusion of this study will provide DOCCS officials, state policymakers and the public with valuable information about the New York’s in-prison substance abuse treatment programs. As with every Correctional Association initiative, we will follow this report with aggressive advocacy for our recommendations.
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
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
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
Prison Monitoring Reports
Auburn was the first prison to implement the “Auburn System,” a system of incarceration in which incarcerated people worked in groups during the day, were housed in solitary cells during the night, and lived in enforced silence. Today, Auburn Correctional Facility operates as a maximum security, DOCCS-operated prison for men ages 21 and older.Read More