For Mother's Day, Advocates and Legislators Rally in Harlem for the Rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents

For Mother's Day, Advocates and Legislators Rally in Harlem for the Rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents

10 May 2019

Legislation would Address New York’s Homegrown Family Separation Crisis

New York, NY - May 10, 2019 – Today, state lawmakers and a broad coalition of advocates, children of incarcerated parents, and community leaders from the Osborne Association, We Got Us Now, Release Aging People in Prison, the NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, Brooklyn Defenders, The Bronx Defenders, and Coalition for Women’s Prisoners gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building to acknowledge Mother’s Day and call for immediate action to support and strengthen in-person visiting in New York State jails and prisons.

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Technology Helps Keep Families Connected While A Parent Is Jailed

Technology Helps Keep Families Connected While A Parent Is Jailed

26 Apr 2019

By Maura Christie 
PUBLISHED 1:39 PM ET Apr. 25, 2019

When a parent is sent to jail or prison, the bond with their child is often lost or put in jeopardy.

Now, there's a new program to help make sure families don't miss out on that precious time.

Technology like FaceTime and Skype will start playing a role in eight prisons, allowing parents that are incarcerated to visit with their children more often.

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Senator Tim Kennedy Announces $180,000 Grant to Bring Osborne Association's FamilyWorks Program to Buffalo to Allow Families to Visit with Incarcerated Loved Ones via Video

Senator Tim Kennedy Announces $180,000 Grant to Bring Osborne Association's FamilyWorks Program to Buffalo to Allow Families to Visit with Incarcerated Loved Ones via Video

25 Apr 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) joined leaders from the Osborne Association and Community Health Center of Buffalo to announce a $180,000 grant he secured in the state budget to launch FamilyWorks Buffalo, a new program that will offer community outreach, training, and technical assistance to Buffalo agencies, and free, clinically-supported video visiting to children of incarcerated parents. The program will build on the Osborne Association’s longstanding services for children and families, utilizing existing technology and scheduling infrastructure that have been developed over the past two decades in partnership with the state. The groundbreaking program will allow families to visit with their incarcerated loved ones via video at eight prisons. Family-friendly video visiting rooms are designed as living room spaces and include toys and books, allowing families to feel comfortable and at home while e-visiting with family members. While the video visits are not meant to replace in-person visits, which are critical for building and maintaining a parent-child bond, they will supplement them and give families additional opportunities to interact with their incarcerated loved ones.

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Osborne Statement on the Decision to Release Judith Clark

Osborne Statement on the Decision to Release Judith Clark

17 Apr 2019

Today, the New York State Parole Board announced their decision to release Judy Clark. We commend their decision and the decision of Governor Andrew Cuomo to commute her sentence in 2016 to make her eligible for parole.

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To end mass incarceration, New York needs a fully staffed parole board

To end mass incarceration, New York needs a fully staffed parole board

10 Apr 2019

State law allows for up to 19 commissioners but there are currently only 12

By Luis Sepúlveda

Last week, colleagues and I in the New York state Legislature took historic steps to end mass incarceration and promote justice for all New Yorkers. Working with advocates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other stakeholders, we made critical changes to state laws concerning bail, discovery and speedy trial. These amendments ensure more due process and fundamental fairness for people detained pre-trial in local jails.

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