Safe Passages: the CA’s Unique New Program
In the fall of 2006, under the leadership of Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) Associate DeAvery Irons, JJP launched Safe Passages, a leadership training and community organizing program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth affected by incarceration. Created in the model of JJP’s successful Each One, Teach One program, Safe Passages is designed not only to strengthen JJP’s ability to affect substantive policy reforms for youth, but to provide a safe environment for LGBT youth to realize their power and capacity to create change in their communities and in their own lives. One of the program’s principal goals is to educate lawmakers, administrators, and other young people on the devastating effects of homophobia on court-involved LGBT youth. Safe Passages is the first and only program training LGBT youth to advocate for juvenile justice reform in the nation.
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