Arzu Yetim Gives Back

Arzu Yetim Gives Back

24 Jul 2018

In 2016, after five years in New York State prison, Arzu Yetim was in a work-release program at Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Upper Manhattan. She was committed to returning and staying home and knew she needed to find a job to do that. Arzu enrolled in Osborne’s job training program and was an eager and focused participant from her first day.  

“The first thing she said to me was, 'I want to be a flagger,'" said program coordinator Jenny Santiago. Arzu says she had been interested in construction flagging since she was a child. “When I was little, I remember driving by the guys out there and telling my dad I wanted to do that someday.” Though Osborne didn’t offer flagger certification at the time, Jenny arranged funding to allow Arzu to complete a flagging certification course.

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Osborne hosts NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer for Bail Roundtable

Osborne hosts NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer for Bail Roundtable

28 Jun 2018

More than one hundred Osborne participants and staff filled our cafeteria in mid-June for a roundtable discussion with NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer about his call to eliminate commercial bail-bonds. 

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Statement on Family Separation and Detention

Statement on Family Separation and Detention

21 Jun 2018

Over the past 10 years, the Osborne Association’s New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (NYCIP) has brought together government agencies, and community and faith-based organizations to develop solutions to address the harms of parent-child separation that result from a parent’s arrest and incarceration. For decades, we have offered programs that maintain the parent-child bond during incarceration, and we have brought hundreds of children to visit their incarcerated parents. As an 85-year-old organization, we are deeply aware of the damaging effects of separation on children, we are horrified by the current DOJ policy of taking children from their parents at the US border and we join those calling for the immediate end of this unconscionable practice. The President’s recent Executive Order is a start but is not enough. The more than 2,000 children currently suffering from being separated need to be urgently reunited with their parents and a standing solution and firm, unequivocal commitment to keeping families together is needed. 

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Selected Media Coverage

Selected Media Coverage

23 May 2018

The release of our report The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America's Aging Prison Population has resulted in strong print and broadcast coverage in New York, and we expect national coverage to arrive over the next few days and weeks.  

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Osborne Announces

Osborne Announces "The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America's Aging Prison Population"

17 May 2018

In The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population, the Osborne Association recommends immediate steps to stem the rapid growth of Americans aging – and dying –  behind bars and reduce the roadblocks older people face returning to society.

Even as crime is at national lows and 36 states have reduced imprisonment rates, the number of older adults in prison, many of whom require specialized medical care for age-related illnesses, has only continued to grow. By 2030, people over 50 will make up one-third of the US prison population, putting an unsustainable pressure on the justice system as a whole.

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