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Agencia EFE | 05.14.2010

Una campaña popular reclama el cierre de diez cárceles y la reforma penitenciaria

La campaña popular destinada a reclamar el cierre de al menos 10 cárceles en el estado de Nueva York comenzará este fin de semana para conseguir también el apoyo a una reformas del sistema penitenciario. Read More

Gotham Gazette | 05.14.2010

Drop the Lock Up?

Drop the Rock, the coalition that led the fight to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws, is leading the charge to close prisons across the state.Read More

Albany Times Union | 05.14.2010

Rallies for stepped-up prison closures

The coalition that pushed for last year's reforms to the Rockefeller Drug Laws are planning events tomorrow to advocate for more prison closures— a move that they argue would “save money, further reduce crime, and build healthy communities.”Read More

WNYC | 03.23.2010

After 19 Years, Released From Prison Under the Rockefeller Drug-Law Reforms

Last year, New York State overhauled what many saw as the overly severe Rockefeller drug laws. The changes eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for most drug offenses, expanded drug treatment alternatives, and reduced some penalties. But what about the people still in prison under the old sentences? Read More

Legislative Gazette | 03.22.2010

Drop the Rock Group Also Wants to Drop Some Prisons

Criminal justice crusaders from the "Drop the Rock" campaign preached reform of the state prison system from the pulpit of a church near the Capitol during an annual advocacy day event March 16. The rally in the church preceded the lobbying of legislators to support the closure of three minimum- and one medium-security men's prisons proposed in the 2010-2011 Executive Budget.Read More

Legislative Gazette | 03.21.2010

State consolidating inmate housing at 17 prisons

Gov. David A. Paterson and state Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Brian Fischer announced last week that housing units deemed underutilized at more than a dozen state prisons will be temporarily consolidated in coming weeks. Inmates from the 22 units at 17 prisons will be transferred to other units, and corrections officers previously assigned to the units will be reassigned to other units within the same facility. Read More

America Magazine | 03.15.2010

Administering Justice

Recession-driven prison closings may provide state lawmakers an opportunity to promote a more rational approach to criminal justice that still puts public safety first. Draconian sentences even for low-level offenders have long crowded penal facilities, and over the past two decades the building of new prisons has increased dramatically. Read More


Hundreds of advocates from across NY State unite in Albany to call for prison closures and community reinvestment

Hundreds of people from across the state will assemble in Albany on Tuesday, March 16 for the DROP THE ROCK Day of Action and Education. They will gather in the sanctuary of Emmanuel Baptist Church (275 State Street) at 10 A.M. From 10 A.M. to 12:30 A.M. speakers including Senator Tom Duane, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, and community advocates who have been affected by incarceration will address the statewide coalition. Read More

New York Times | 01.29.2010

Law Has Little Effect on Early Release for Inmates

While new state guidelines led to a rise in applications for medical parole — 202 inmates last year, compared with 66 in 2008 — they have hardly led to more releases.Read More

Legislative Gazette | 01.25.2010

Prison closure plan draws concern for local economies

Gov. David A. Paterson's Executive Budget calls for the elimination and consolidation of four New York correctional facilities and the elimination of 572 positions, moves he says will save New York $59 million over two years.Read More