Educational and Vocational Programs in New York State Prisons
Academic and vocational programs inside of prisons have the power to transform lives. They can inspire tremendous personal growth, and empower their participants to become leaders, teachers, and role models for other people in prison and in their home communities. Moreover, they have been shown to increase opportunities for employment and overall success upon release.
Despite their enormous potential, New York has seen a significant reduction in staffing and resource allocation for these programs. Individuals’ abilities to participate are limited, vocational and college programs are being closed, and support for peer-run initiatives has declined.
The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse -- and in some cases, loss of life -- will continue.Read More
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. In [...]Read More
Reports & Research
The Correctional Association of NY conducted in depth interviews with 30 people currently incarcerated at Clinton on August 19 and 20, 2015, and corresponded with many more people held at the prison over the last few months. The information reported provides further confirmation of both extensive staff brutality in the aftermath of the June escape [...]Read More