CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK

Rating: 4.93 stars   58 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Crime & Law

Location: 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd Suite 200 New York NY 10027 USA

Mission: The driving force of our work is a belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings. We possess a deep faith in the human capacity for change. We advocate for a justice system that holds a person accountable for a crime yet does not condemn an entire life based on a person's worst act. We support policies and programs that give people a second chance — or, as in some cases, the first opportunity in their life — to meet their potential and positively integrate into society. Through monitoring, research, public education and policy recommendations, the Correctional Association strives to make the administration of justice in New York State more fair, efficient and humane.
Results: A few examples of our other policy successes over the last decade include: -The SHU Exclusion Law, prohibiting the placement of incarcerated individuals with severe mental illness in solitary confinement and mandating the creation of more humane residential mental health units; -The Medicaid Suspension Law, enabling incarcerated individuals to secure Medicaid coverage more expeditiously upon release from prison; -The Safe Harbor Act, protecting sexually exploited minors from prosecution and incarceration for prostitution; -The creation and implementation of a landmark anti-discrimination policy aimed at protecting incarcerated LGBTQ youth from harassment and abuse; -The DOH Oversight Law, requiring the Department of Health to monitor HIV and hepatitis C care in New York State prisons and jails. -The Anti-Shackling Law, outlawing the use of shackles on pregnant women who are incarcerated during labor and after delivery; -Rockefeller Drug Law reform, a set of significant reforms marking the beginning of the end of New York’s notorious, racially-biased mandatory-minimum sentencing statutes; -The ASFA Expanded Discretion Law, allowing foster care workers discretion to delay filing for the permanent termination of parental rights if a parent is incarcerated or in drug treatment.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have always been impressed with their initiatives geared toward criminal justice reform. Staff has passion, energy, efficiency and knowledge!

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

The CA is a top nonprofit in getting legislative changes in the Criminal and Prisoner Justice arena. Their agenda is always right on time and right on the money. As well as a collective beneficial direction, the CA is always ready willing and able to assist in personal areas.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Still "a force for progressive change in the criminal justice system," I am most encouraged by the recent appointment of Soffiyah Elijah as Executive Director of the CA. The appointment of Soffiyah Elijah is emblematic, as well as signaling a recognition that while the CA mission has not changed since 1844, the communities most impacted by the criminal justice system today, in 2012, have.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is over 100 years old and is state-chartered, unlike most other NGOs. It is widely respected for its contributions to public policy and monitoring of the way our society treats those who have little voice or popular support -- detainees in jail awaiting trial, adult prison inmates, juveniles in the criminal justice system, and all their families.

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2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Correctional Association Of New York has done and is still doing a phenomenal job of bringing attention to the ills of so-called penal correction in America. CANY offers concrete solutions backed by solid research which could save millions of wasted tax payer dollars and offer genuine rehabilitative alternatives.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an absolutely amazing time working with the CA--definitely one the best volunteer experiences I've ever had. I think that it is rare to find an organization that accomplishes advocacy by working externally on the rights of women in, but which is also intimately connected with the issue through regular contact with incarcerated women. Everyone I interacted with was incredibly kind, dedicated, and above all, passionate.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Does important advocacy work around conditions of confinement and juvenile justice.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Like some people, I didn't know organizations like correctional associates existed until I needed their services. My husband, who is in prison, was assulted both physically and verbally by officers in his facility. The treatment my husband received got worse with each passing day. I felt helpless and hopeless. That's when I found correctional associates while searching for help on-line. When I called, I was immediately put in contact with gina. She was so attentive and concerned about my husbands situation. She was a breath of fresh air that propelled me to continue pressing on. She was so informative and helpful. We kept each other up to date with new developements in him. Unfortunately, correctional association was not able to take my husbands case. This was fine because they opened so many other doors for me that has help me get some assistance for him. We are still copeing with a lot of issues. But until our problems are resolved, I look forward to volunteering to help someone else.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Correctional Association of New York has been around since 1845, created by the state legislature to visit prisons and to advise the legislature on needed reforms and policies. It is an institution that has evolved with time and has exhibited a spirit of independence that has made its work thorough, reliable, and essential. Their reports on prison conditions, their recommendations for changes, and their activism in the criminal justice arena, are straightforward and often at odds with a system in dire need of dismantling.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that the Correctional Association of New York is an invaluable organization fighting the good fight for meaningful prison reform and to end the destructive policies and practices that cause and perpetuate the current and ongoing mass incarceration disproportionately of African-American and Latino citizens. Their work is vital and laudable, and strives to make a difference for many who otherwise might be voiceless and forgotten.

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Likely

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A lot

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2012

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