The Correctional Association of New York Names Jennifer Scaife as Executive Director

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The Correctional Association of New York

Names Jennifer Scaife as Executive Director

 New York, NY – March 19, 2018– The Board of Directors of The Correctional Association of New York has appointed Jennifer Scaife as its new Executive Director.  Scaife, who brings to this position an extensive history of engagement and experience in criminal justice reform in both California and New York, most recently has served as the Executive Director of Prevention, Diversion, and Reintegration in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.  In that capacity, she has helped to lead the City’s efforts to close the Rikers Island jail complex by overseeing alternatives to incarceration, supportive and transitional housing, reentry services, women-specific programs, and research initiatives.  At the Correctional Association she succeeds Carlton S. Mitchell, who has served as the Interim Executive Director since September 2016.

“The board and staff of the Correctional Association are very pleased that Jennifer will become our next Executive Director,” said Clay Hiles, Chair of the Association’s Board of Directors.  “She has dedicated her career to the issues about which the Correctional Association cares deeply, and we are eager to work with her as we continue to develop our vision for and expand the work of the Association.  In these pursuits, the CA has been very fortunate to have the thoughtful, energetic leadership and guidance of Carlton Mitchell, our Interim Executive Director, over the past two years.”

“It is an honor to have been selected as the Correctional Association’s next Executive Director,” said Scaife.  “I deeply respect and admire the CA’s long-standing history and record of accomplishments, and I am excited by its potential to continue to bring about significant positive change in our prisons and in our justice system overall,” said Scaife. “I look forward to working with the Association’s board and staff and many partners to seek broad and meaningful improvements for the people whose lives are affected by the criminal justice system.” Scaife will begin her position with the Correctional Association on March 19.

At the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Scaife has successfully launched several new, multimillion dollar initiatives and has overseen a large portfolio of services for justice-involved people. She also convened the Diversion and Reentry Council, a multidisciplinary group of organizations focused on identifying opportunities to reduce the City’s reliance on jail and prison through the expanded use of community alternatives.  Scaife brings a to the Correctional Association the perspective of her experience working with the Prison University Project, a nonprofit organization in California that provides free higher education to people at San Quentin State Prison and later with the City and County of San Francisco, where her last role was Director of the Reentry Division at the Adult Probation Department.

Scaife currently volunteers as a mentor with Hour Children in Queens; she previously served as the board secretary for Berkeley Youth Alternatives and was a member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Citizen Police Review Board.  She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University, Bloomington, an MA from Hollins University, and a BA from the College of William and Mary.

About the Correctional Association
The Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent nonprofit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. Founded in 1844 and subsequently granted unique statutory authority by the New York State legislature to visit and report on New York’s prisons, the CA sheds light on the world behind prison walls. During its visits and extended follow-up activities, the organization gathers information on and seeks to address the full range of issues affecting the lives of incarcerated men, women and youth. This includes their medical and mental health needs and the adequacy of the response of the correctional system to those needs, the sufficiency of education and job training programs, preparation for post-incarceration reentry into society, and the devastating impacts of prisons on both incarcerated individuals and their families, from which they are often separated by great distances because of the generally remote locations of New York’s prisons. For more information visit: