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.
The Correctional Association tirelessly champions important reforms to the criminal justice system; empowers incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and others affected by incarceration through advocacy efforts and coalitions; and shines a light on conditions of confinement through well researched reports.
The Correctional Association, especially the womens Prison Project, is the only non profit monitoring and advocating for the conditions inside womens prisons. in fact, it seems to be the only group thinking about what it means to be a women serving time. They have advocated and been successful to make sure that women in labor are not shackled while they deliver a baby while incarcerated. They also realized that women's health is not being served especially women's reproductive health. If the CA were not around, our population in the prisons would be subject to far more injustices then they are already being penalized for. They are an exceptionally well run organization doing difficult work. I praise their tenacity and vision.
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.
This .amazing organization does tremendous work in helping people who have been in prison start new lives as well as those still incarcerated . The scope of their reach is impressive with their Women in Prison Project being my "pet" program.