Reconnecting Families on Father's Day and Year-round

Reconnecting Families on Father's Day and Year-round

19 Jun 2017

Over half of the men and women incarcerated in the U.S. are parents of minor children. To encourage family connectivity – a key factor in a person’s successful reentry – Osborne’s nationally recognized FamilyWorks program enables incarcerated parents to make, mend, and maintain relationships with their children through a comprehensive program that now operates in eight New York State prisons, Rikers Island, and at Osborne’s community sites. Our strengths-based, family-focused approach leaves people with the understanding that they have the right, the responsibility, and the capacity to meet the needs of their children and families. FamilyWorks is operated in collaboration with the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and includes Family Centers in visiting rooms and supportive services for children and families. Family Centers are child-friendly areas of prison visiting rooms where parents can bond with their children and interact with them more than they could sitting at a visiting room table. 

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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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We Are People: Resources for Humanizing Language

We Are People: Resources for Humanizing Language

12 Nov 2015

“What we need is a criminal justice policy for *people* who commit crime—incarcerated *people*, *people* with felony convictions, *people* on parole, even *people* who have caused great harm and should be held meaningfully accountable. Any truly effective policy solutions will make central the humanity of everyone directly impacted by crime—including those who commit it."

 

 - Danielle Sered, Director, Common Justice, excerpted from The Marshall Project’s Inmate. Prisoner. Other. Discussed.

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Advocates Succeed in Halting Harmful Changes to Visiting Standards at Rikers Island

Advocates Succeed in Halting Harmful Changes to Visiting Standards at Rikers Island

20 Jan 2016

Osborne's President and CEO, Elizabeth Gaynes testifies before the New York City Board of Correction at the October, 16 2015 hearing on  proposed revisions to minimum standards for new york city jails regarding visiting

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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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