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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Osborne Joins More Than 100 Organizations in Support of the Parole Board's Decision Re Herman Bell

Osborne Joins More Than 100 Organizations in Support of the Parole Board's Decision Re Herman Bell

20 Mar 2018

The undersigned join in strong support of the recent determination by the Parole Board to grant release to Mr. Herman Bell. This decision is the right outcome in this case based on the criteria used to determine parole.

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Visiting Matters: Women on Rikers

Visiting Matters: Women on Rikers

15 Feb 2018

On February 1, Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s office announced a $6 million investment intended to support women incarcerated at Rikers Island facilities, and lessen the chance that they return. First Lady Chirlane McCray is leading the charge to improve the frequency and quality of family visits for women on Rikers, as well as broadening mental health and transitional career counseling.  

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