US News and World Report | 02.02.2018

Prison Contraband Seizures Up, Guards Say More Can Be Done

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The union representing New York correction officers says new security methods are needed to reduce the amount of contraband smuggled into state prisons, while prison officials say more prohibited items are being seized than ever before. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said this week that the number of incidents involving contraband at the state’s 54 prisons more than doubled over the last decade, from 2,540 incidents in 2008 to 5,231 incidents last year.Read More

Albany Times Union | 01.15.2018

Cuomo’s prison package crackdown is suspended

Following an outcry from prison-reform advocates and a flurry of news reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he was suspending an initiative that sharply limited the content of care packages that inmates can receive in state prisons. Reform advocates said the program, in which friends and families of inmates had to send items through private vendors, was too restrictive and would cut off contact between prisoners and their families.Read More

Huffington Post | 01.13.2018

NY book ban to make prisons “safer” draws backlash

New York State Department of Correctional and Community Service (DOCCS) enacted Directive 4911A in December as a pilot project in three New York prisons. Under this Directive, prisoners may only receive packages from six approved vendors (a couple more vendors may be later added), and packages from family members are restricted to non-electrical musical instruments, a wedding ring, and clothing for the prisoner to wear upon release.Read More

The New York Times | 01.11.2018

What Can’t You Send to an Inmate in New York? Apples, Used Books and More

ALBANY — Until very recently, care packages for inmates in New York State prisons could contain a hodgepodge of items to let them know someone on the outside was thinking of them: a fresh apple, a hoodie, a dog-eared paperback. As of this month, all those things are no longer allowed.Read More

Albany Times Union | 01.10.2018

Advocates take issue with new state policy on inmate care packages

Reform advocates contend a restrictive new program that privatizes the sending of care packages to prison inmates is punitive, but prison officials say it’s intended to fight contraband. “People are very upset and families are upset,” said Jack Beck, who runs the Prisoner Visiting project at the Correctional Association of New York, a group that advocates for better prison conditions.Read More

The Nation | 12.23.2017

All They Want for Christmas Is a Limit on Solitary Confinement

After being accused of cursing at a corrections officer, Jessica Concepcion, seven months pregnant, spent the Christmas of 2006 in solitary confinement at Bedford Hills, New York’s maximum-security prison for women. Confined to her a cell for 23 consecutive hours, she had no opportunity for any human interaction, let alone a chance to wish her family a merry Christmas.Read More

Capital Tonight News -- Spectrum TV | 12.14.2017

VIDEO: Advocates renew push to end solitary confinement

Southport Correctional Facility is one of two super-maximum security prisons in the state that places an emphasis on solitary confinement. A new report looking at the facility’s practices is highlighting the negative impact solitary confinement can have on a human. So advocates are making a renewed push for the HALT Act.Read More

Correctional Assn. of NY | 12.14.2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Release of 2017 Report of First Hand Accounts of People in Solitary at Southport Prison

MEDIA ADVISORY: PRESS CONFERENCE New York (December 11, 2017): Lawmakers, Advocates, Southport solitary survivors, and Family Members join the Correctional Association of New York (CA) to release a stunning new CA report about Southport Prison, featuring first-hand accounts of brutality, self-harm, mental, emotional, and physical abuse at one of only two prisons in New York State devoted primarily to solitary confinement Calling for passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Bill A.3080/S.4784 WHAT: Public release of “Solitary at Southport A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Assn.’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons” WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 12:30 PM WHERE: 250 Broadway, 22nd Floor, Room 2225 (I.D.Read More

The Daily Star | 11.05.2017

State struggles to provide prison health care

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.Read More

10.30.2017

CA Testifies on The State of Prison Healthcare Before NYS Corrections and Health Committees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Annette Warren-Dickerson, Communications Director media@correctionalassociation.org/646-793-9077 CA Testifies on The State of Prison Healthcare Before NYS Corrections and Health Committees (October 30, 2017, New York)  Today the Correctional Association of New York was one of over 30 organizations testifying at today’s New York State Assembly Joint Health and Correction’s public hearing on prison healthcare.Read More