Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK

  • New York, NY
  • www.correctionalassociation.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York is one of only two private organizations in the country—and the only one in New York—with legislative authority to inspect and report on conditions in state prisons. Through a nationally-recognized model combining independent prison oversight, community organizing, coalition building, public education, policy advocacy, and leadership development, the CA works to create a more fair, efficient and humane criminal justice system and a safer, more just society. The Correctional Association of New York operates three principal projects—Juvenile Justice, Prison Visiting, and Women in Prison.

Main Programs

  1. Juvenile Justice Project
  2. Public Policy Project
  3. Prison Visiting Project
  4. Women in Prison Project

ruling year

1961

chief executive for fy 2011

Soffiyah Elijah

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Keywords

New York, criminal justice reform, prisons, LGBT, gay rights, youth, mental health, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, re-entry, social justice, juvenile justice, women and children, advocacy, crime, civil rights, corrections, jail

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EIN

13-5562324

Also Known As

The CA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Impact statement

OUR RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Successfully advocating for a new law that will prevent the termination of incarcerated parents' parental rights and help keep parents and their children connected;


Mandating the NYS Department of Health to oversee HIV and hepatitis C care in prisons;

Banning the use of shackles and handcuffs on incarcerated women during labor;

Substantially reforming the mandatory minimum Rockefeller Drug Laws;

Significantly reducing the state’s juvenile prison capacity;

Prohibiting the incarceration of sexually exploited children on prostitution charges;

Instituting a non-discrimination policy—among the most progressive of its kind in the country—that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in state custody from violence and harassment;

Prohibiting the confinement of inmates with serious mental illness in disciplinary segregation.

Programs

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Program 1

Juvenile Justice Project

Through its work, the Juvenile Justice Project(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/JJP/index.htm) seeks to reorient the justice
system away from a punitive approach toward a stronger emphasis on
community-based prevention and alternatives to jail and prison.

More specifically, the Project:

coordinates the Juvenile
Justice Coalition(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/JJP/jjcoalition.htm) to advocate and lobby for fair and effective
responses to youth crime;

produces reports(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/publications/reports.htm#JJP) ,
position papers and fact
sheets(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/publications/factsheets.htm#JJP) , which analyze existing juvenile justice policies and explore
alternatives;

educates the public and state
and local legislators about juvenile justice issues through media
outreach, public forums, advocacy days in Albany, and other public events; and

trains young people, their families, and community members to become leaders in the movement to transform juvenile justice
policies in New York.

Category

Crime & Legal

Budget

$498,905.00

Population Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 2

Public Policy Project

The Public Policy Project(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/PPP/index.htm) 's current principal goal is to reduce over-incarceration in New York State. To achieve this objective, the Project coordinates the Drop the Rock Coalition, which advocates for policies that reduce incarceration rates, including repealing the vestiges of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Through education, organizing and advocacy, Drop the Rock aims to decrease the number of people who are incarcerated in New York and reduce the bed capacity of the state prison system.

Our grassroots campaign promotes full repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and constructive reforms to parole and work release policies, which cause the unnecessary imprisonment of thousands of people each year. In addition we strongly advocate for reinvestment in alternative, prevention, and in-prison rehabilitation programs to prepare people for successful reentry.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$157,687.00

Population Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

General Public/Unspecified

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Program 3

Prison Visiting Project

Focusing on men's prisons, the Prison Visiting Projec(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/PVP/index.htm target=) t carries out the CA's unique legislative authority to monitor prison conditions
in New York State correctional facilities.
In conjunction with regular monitoring visits, the Project conducts
intensive investigations on key corrections issues and releases detailed
reports of findings and recommendations. After issuing the reports, the Project
engages in extensive follow up: urging policymakers to adopt its
recommendations; educating the public through the news media, the CA website
and public forums; and participating in coalitions of concerned organizations
to support and expand the movement for change.

Category

Crime & Legal

Budget

$535,422.00

Population Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Male Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

Women in Prison Project

Using unique statutory authority granted to the Association in 1846, the Women in Prison Project(http://www.correctionalassociation.org/WIPP/index.htm) (WIPP) monitors conditions in women's prisons in New York – a role played by no other group in the state or country.  WIPP also coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance comprised of more than 1,600  people from over 100 organizations.  Together, WIPP and the Coalition carry out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies and create new practices that make sense for women and that raise the standard of living for all.  In 2003, WIPP launched ReConnect, a leadership and advocacy training program for women recently home from prison. WIPP also performs research and policy analysis, publishes policy papers and reports, and conducts public education and community organizing.

Category

Crime & Legal

Budget

$686,718.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Funding Needs

The Correctional Association is currently seeking individual contributions and foundation funding.

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THE CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Soffiyah Elijah

BIO

An accomplished advocate, scholar and educator, Soffiyah Elijah has decades of experience addressing the urgent needs of the marginalized, silenced and indigent people in our criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Ms. Elijah came to the Correctional Association from the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, where she had been a clinical instructor for the past 11 years and the Deputy Director for the past eight years. At the Institute, she trained hundreds of law students to become effective and ethical lawyers and to engage in local and national reform of criminal and juvenile justice policies.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Elijah practiced criminal and family law in New York City for more than 20 years. Before moving to Harvard, she was a member of the faculty and Director and supervising attorney of the Defender Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. She was a supervising attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where she defended indigent members of the Harlem community, and worked as a staff attorney for the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society.

Honored by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in 2010, Ms. Elijah has dedicated her life to human rights and social activism. She is a recognized national and international authority on human rights issues and has served as a justice on several people’s tribunals focused on the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the testing of bombs in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and conditions of confinement. A highly respected scholar, she has authored several articles and publications on U.S. criminal and juvenile justice policy and prison conditions and is a frequent presenter at national and international forums.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peter v.Z. Cobb

Community Volunteer

Term: June 2010 - June 2013

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