Press Release | 07.01.2011

The Correctional Association of NY applauds New York State’s plan to close seven prisons eliminating 3,800 prison beds and saving millions of taxpayer dollars, and urges further downsizing

The Correctional Association of New York applauds Governor Cuomo for his announcement yesterday to close seven prisons, the most significant commitment to prison reduction since the prison building boom of the 1980s. Read More

Press Release | 06.10.2011

The Correctional Association of NY applauds New York State’s plan to downsize excess beds in its juvenile justice system noting that the plan will help children, communities and taxpayers

The Correctional Association of New York applauds Governor Cuomo and Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión for their recent announcement of a plan to downsize excess capacity at eight state-operated juvenile justice facilities. Read More

Press Release | 06.06.2011

New report finds harsh punishment for domestic violence survivors who protect themselves from abuse and urges government officials to adopt key reform measures

On Tuesday, June 7 at 10:00am in the Legislative Office Building’s LCA press room in Albany, bill sponsors Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry, formerly incarcerated survivors, and domestic violence and criminal justice advocates will hold a press conference to urge the passage of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A7874-A/S5436) and to release a new report co-authored by the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and the Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York (CA).Read More

Press Release | 03.29.2011

Correctional Association statement in support of plans announced by NYS governor and legislature to close 3,700 adult prison beds, downsize youth facility beds, and enact juvenile justice reforms

Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York, released a public statement today expressing the organization’s strong support for plans announced yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to close 3,700 adult prison beds, downsize the state juvenile prison system by more than 30 percent, and invest in alternative to detention and incarceration programs for young people in the juvenile justice system.Read More

Press Release | 03.04.2011

Correctional Association report on substance abuse treatment in New York prisons highlights substantial deficiencies and waste of resources

New York, New York: The Correctional Association of New York (CA), the State's oldest criminal justice organization, has released the report Treatment Behind Bars: Substance Abuse Treatment in New York State Prisons, 2007-2010 (download, 2 MB), the first-ever comprehensive review of the State's prison-based substance abuse treatment programs.Read More

Press Release | 01.06.2011

Correctional Association statement in support of governor cuomo’s remarks on need for prison downsizing in yesterday’s state of the state speech

Robert Gangi, Executive Director of Correctional Association of New York, released a public statement today expressing the organization’s strong support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s remarks in his State of the State speech about the urgent need to close empty or emptying adult prisons and juvenile facilities.Read More

Press Release | 03.15.2010

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

Press Release | 09.17.2009

Governor signs bill requiring Department of Health oversight of HIV, Hepatitis C care in New York’s prisons and jails

Governor David Paterson exhibited strong leadership by signing the new healthcare oversight law, placing New York at the forefront of public health policy by recognizing the connection between prisoners’ healthcare and community healthcare. Read More

Press Release | 08.28.2009

After unanimous passage in legislature, bill requiring oversight of HIV, Hepatitis C care in prison awaiting action from governor

On Monday, August 31 at 9:30 am, the Correctional Association of New York, the Women’s Initiative to Stop HIV/AIDS-New York (WISH-NY) of the Legal Action Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Latino Commission on AIDS, Women’s HIV Collaborative, and Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) will co-host a rally and press conference across the street front of Governor Paterson’s office (630 3rd Ave between 40 and 41 Streets) in support of the Department of Health HIV/Hepatitis C Oversight Bill (S.3842/A.903).Read More

Press Release | 08.17.2009

90 days after bill passes unanimously in the senate, governor’s inaction raises questions and concerns

Organizations, advocates, formerly incarcerated women urge Governor to end delay and sign anti-shackling bill to protect the health and safety of women and children. On Tuesday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m, the Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) will hold a protest and press conference in front of Governor Paterson’s office (630 3rd Ave between 40 and 41 Streets) to call on the Governor to sign the Anti-Shackling Bill (S.1290-A/A.3373-A), which forbids the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor and post-delivery recovery, and restricts the use of restraints during transport to and from the hospital. Read More