02.23.2012

Close to Home Initiative

The CA has, for many years, advocated for keeping children in custody closer to their homes and communities. We have also long advocated for ensuring that all youth justice programs and facilities, regardless of who operates them, promote positive outcomes while keeping youth and communities safe. The Close to Home Initiative (CTHI) represents a unique and powerful opportunity to re-create the youth justice system for New York City’s youth and communities. Details of the plan are, however, of paramount importance.Read More

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12.06.2011

Testimony on Suicides and Mental Health Services for Prisoners in Disciplinary Confinement

Testimony delivered by Jack Beck, Director of the CA’s Prison Visiting Project, before the New York State Assembly Committees on Corrections and Mental Health. Download TestimonyRead More

04.27.2011

Rape in New York prisons

Jack Beck, Director of the Prison Visiting Project at the Correctional Association of New York, comments on the findings in the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) report, Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2008-09, as they relate to New York prisons, with a particular focus on Elmira Correctional Facility. He also reports on data the CA has analyzed about sexual abuse within other New York state prisons.Read More

02.09.2011

2011-2012 Proposed Budget for Public Protection

A member of the Correctional Association's Prison Visiting Project shared observations and concerns about the Governor's 2011-12 Proposed Budget for public protection, with a particular focus on the impact it will have on the incarcerated population in Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) prisons. His testimony focuses on three issues: prison downsizing, additional proposals to further reduce the prison population and the need to preserve essential prison-based programs.Read More

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03.17.2009

Testimony on Special Housing Unit Exclusion Law

Testimony by Jack Beck, Director, Prison Visiting Project, The Correctional Association of New York before the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and Senate Standing Committee on Health March 17, 2009. The Correctional Association's findings clearly demonstrate that it is imperative that the SHU Exclusion Law be implemented as swiftly as possible and that its protections cover all inmates with serious mental illness (SMI).Read More

03.10.2009

Transcript of Panel Discussion on the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Rev. Calvin Butts, Assemblyman Jeff Aubry, Manhattan District Attorney Bridget Brennan, and CA Executive Director Robert Gangi participate in a panel called Drugs and The Law: Race, Politics, Prisons and Justice in New York State.Read More

03.02.2009

Testimony on Prison Substance Abuse Treatment

Testimony by Shayna Kessler, Prison Visiting Project Associate The Correctional Association of New York Before the Assembly Committee on Codes, the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Assembly Committee on Corrections.Read More

02.09.2006

Testimony on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons

Testimony before the Commission on Safety and Abuse Jack Beck, Director, Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of NY. Mr. Beck's testimony summarizes the opportunities that the CA's unique legislative authority provides to assess the conditions and practices within New York's prisons and to advocate for improvements, and identifies the limitations and restrictions that they encounter in performing these duties. In addition, he summarizes some of the findings and conclusions of their recent efforts to assess safety and violence issues in New York State prisons.Read More

11.18.2003

Testimony on Mental Illness and SHUs

Testimony by Jennifer Wynn, Director, Prison Visiting Project At the Correctional Association of New York on Special Housing Units before the Corrections Committees of the New York State Assembly. Ms. Wynn addresses today the dire need for more humane housing and treatment for the nearly 1,000 inmates with mental illness who are currently confined in 23-hour disciplinary lockdown in New York State prisons. Her testimony is based on findings from a recently completed two-year research study that examined the quality of mental health care in New York prisons and involved site visits to 23 correctional facilities by project staff and outside psychiatrists.Read More

11.13.2003

Testimony on Prison Healthcare

Testimony by Jennifer Wynn, Director, Prison Visiting Project At the Correctional Association of New York on Prison Health Care before the Health and Corrections Committees of the New York State Assembly. Ms. Wynn highlights four key deficiencies in medical care that have emerged from interviews with inmates and staff conducted over the past two years.Read More