The need for public oversight of prisons is as urgent today as it was 175 years ago.
Since 1884, CANY has been to only independent organization in New York with a legally protected right to enter prisons and confidentially communicate with those inside. Our access creates a platform for people inside prison to participate in and shape the public debate.
Who we are
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What we are working toward
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How we get there
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Our goal is to do for prison reform what cell phone videos have done for policing. We create a platform for those most affected to directly share their experiences; we document and disseminate information about system trends; and we promote the kind of reform that only true transparency and accountability can deliver.