The Nation | What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities?

The Nation | What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities?

03 Nov 2015

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By Victoria Law | The Nation

What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities?
As New York State begins closing prisons, some are being sold to the highest bidder—but some are becoming sites of social change.

The following is an excerpt, the full article can be read here.

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30 Children Make a Special Trip to See Their Moms Who Are Incarcerated Upstate

30 Children Make a Special Trip to See Their Moms Who Are Incarcerated Upstate

11 Jan 2013

By Kasey Currier | Program Assistant, Children and Youth Services

The cold fall weather in New York brings with it the start of Osborne’s Family Ties Program, a program for children ages 3 months to 21 years whose mothers are incarcerated at Albion Correctional Facility (located near the Canadian border). Family Ties offers a 12-session parenting program at Albion while providing outreach, support, and service referrals to the children of the mothers in the class, and their caregivers. A special extended visit day is organized and incorporated into the mothers’ graduation day. The children embark on a two day trip including a 6 hour visit on the second day. This fall, that special visit took place on December 7th. 

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The Promise of Work

The Promise of Work

The goal of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio's  "Jails to Jobs" initiative is to ensure that all people leaving city jails have guaranteed short term employment. Access to employment is crucial for successful reentry - while at the same time being exceedingly difficult for the formerly incarcerated to procure. Osborne has been part of this initiative since it began this year.  

 

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Arzu Yetim Gives Back

Arzu Yetim Gives Back

On a sunny, breezy June day in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Kensington, Arzu Yetim took a break to speak with me at a Dunkin Donuts near her construction worksite.

After five years in New York state prisons, Arzu Yetim entered a work release program at Edgecombe Correctional Facility. She was committed to returning and staying home, and to do so needed to find and keep a job. She started attending Osborne’s workforce program, at that time called Training to Work. An eager and focused participant from her first day, she repeatedly asked her career coach, Jenny Santiago, about finding a job on a construction site - specifically, as a flagger.

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