Jennifer Scaife - Executive Director
Jennifer Scaife joined the Correctional Association of New York as Executive Director in 2018. She previously held leadership positions in local government and in the nonprofit sector, with experience working in prisons, jails, juvenile detention facilities, and community corrections agencies. Jennifer began her career in criminal justice reform as Program Director of the Prison University Project and later as the Director of the Reentry Division at the San Francisco Adult Probation Department. Just prior to joining CANY, she was Executive Director of Prevention, Diversion and Reintegration at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where she developed services for justice-involved New Yorkers.
Jennifer holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University Bloomington, a Master of Arts from Hollins University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Esther Lim, MSW - Director of Monitoring and Policy
For more than 15 years, Esther has advocated for the reformation of the criminal justice system, humane and just treatment of people who are incarcerated, and ending mass incarceration. Prior to her new role with CANY as Director of Monitoring and Policy, she was the Director of the Jails Project for the ACLU of Southern California. In this role, she defended the civil rights of incarcerated individuals in Los Angeles (the largest jail system in the country), Orange, and Santa Barbara counties. She has monitored conditions of confinement, overcrowding and excessive use of force; she has testified in open court and has worked with federal agencies regarding incidents she personally witnessed. She has also relaunched a successful voter education and registration program (Unlock the Vote) in the LA and OC jails working with community and government partners and with multi-hyphenated rapper and actor, Common.
Esther previously served as the ACLU of Southern California’s Deputy Director of Advocacy Operations, responsible for administrative and management duties to ensure a more effective and efficient focus on the affiliate's integrated advocacy approaches to its multi-issue work. Prior to joining the ACLU, she worked in juvenile correctional facilities conducting individual and group therapy sessions with sex offenders and volunteered with the OC Probation Department’s Adult Sex Offender Unit. Esther was honored for her work in criminal justice reform by LA City Councilmember David Ryu as one of 14 women making a difference in Los Angeles for Asian Pacific Heritage Month in 2018.
Esther is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work, teaching management and organizational development to master level students. She has also been a field instructor and was awarded the Jules Levine Distinguished Field Education Award for her work with MSW interns in the field. As a side interest, Esther is an IMDB-credited associate producer, providing script and character assessments and assisting in pre- and post production. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from CSU Long Beach and graduated as a Dean's Scholar with a Masters in Social Work from USC.
Phillip Miller - Associate Director
Phil Miller is an advocate for positive change no matter the context. He has extensive experience working with at-risk youth in an effort to help them avoid making decisions that could lead to incarceration. For people whose decisions have already led to incarceration, Phil strongly believes that college and theater programs inside of prisons, along with supportive reentry services on the outside, can provide the foundation they need to change their lives.
He was a litigation paralegal for many years, working on legal issues related to prison conditions and criminal defense, and he has worked most recently at the Legal Action Center assisting individuals who experience employment and housing discrimination as a result of their criminal histories.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Baruch College; he speaks four languages; and when he’s not working he enjoys tango and photography.
Tyrrell Muhammad - Monitoring Associate
Tyrrell Muhammad works on all aspects of the organization’s prison monitoring. He is also a founding member of the New York chapter of the Campaign for Alternatives To Isolated Confinement or CAIC, a national effort to reduce the excessive use of isolated confinement in prisons, jails and detention centers. Muhammad is also a founding member of Release Aging People from Prison or RAPP.
Muhammad’s experience and expertise is featured in The Marshall Project’s Emmy-nominated documentary WITNESS and Bill Moyers’ RIKERS, AN AMERICAN JAIL. In addition to his work at CANY, Muhammad serves as Chief Consultant for Force One International Security, and he actively mentors formerly incarcerated men and women in his community with the community reintegration process.
Muhammad earned his Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 1988 and Master’s Degree from New York Theological Seminary in 2004, while serving 26 and 11 months of a 20 years to life prison sentence.
Helena Wippick - Research Associate
Reducing inequality has always been central to Helena's work and volunteer commitments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Bard College. Her work in criminal justice reform began there, as a volunteer statistics tutor with the Bard Prison Initiative. Throughout her four years, she also worked with trauma-impacted children at Astor Services for Children and Families, both in direct-service and in their clinical outcomes research department.
Prior to her position at CANY, she was a Research Associate and Project Manager at the Yale University Social Cognitive Development Lab. Here, she led and managed research projects in developmental psychology, particularly surrounding how children learn about the social groups they belong to (e.g., race, gender, and socioeconomic status) and how this develops into adult biases that shape how individuals navigate and are impacted by social structures. At CANY she provides technical support and data analysis of New York state government data, as well as helping in the design and analysis of CANY’s own research.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking, doing pottery, and playing with her poorly behaved cat, Winston.