Unite for Parole and Prison Justice

Unite for Parole and Prison Justice

05 May 2017

Osborne's Center for Justice Policy and Practice, in its work to increase support for people who are aging in prison, recognizes the urgent need for parole reform, as we have seen people qualified for parole repeatedly denied, usually based solely on the nature of their crime. Older people have the lowest recidivism rates of any age cohort in NY State and U.S. prisons, and pose almost no risk to public safety. Yet in 2015, the NYS Parole Board granted parole to only 20% of all applicants, and to only 17% of those aged 55 and older who had already served at least 10 years in prison. On May 10, Osborne is joining Challenging Incarceration, and many other organizations and advocates for Unite for Parole and Prison Justice–A Day of Advocacy and Action. The day will focus on urging legislators to create a more effective parole process. Below is a list of ways to participate with Challenging Incarceration in advocacy on social media, regardless of whether or not you will be in Albany.

 

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Mayor and City Council Speaker Announce Plan to Close Rikers

Mayor and City Council Speaker Announce Plan to Close Rikers

06 Apr 2017

On March 31, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a plan to close Rikers Island in the next decade. Read part of the Mayor's statement, watch the press conference, and find the full report detailing the steps that will be taken to close Rikers below: 

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NPR | Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

NPR | Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

15 Jun 2016

Osborne has recently partnered with the StoryCorps Justice Project to document the experiences of our participants as youth of color involved with the criminal justice system in New York City. The project will amplify and preserve the stories of those whose lives have been affected by mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. Through their first-person accounts, StoryCorps works to ensure that people's experience of the current era of mass incarceration is preserved in the historical record and shared nationwide. Hear Jamal's story on the StoryCorps site.

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Devising a Smart Supportive Housing Strategy for Returning Citizens Upon Reentry

Devising a Smart Supportive Housing Strategy for Returning Citizens Upon Reentry

15 Jun 2016

Testimony by the Osborne Association to Assembly Standing Committee on Correction Assembly Subcommittee on Transitional Services 

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Infographic of Osborne's 2015 Impact Highlights

22 Jan 2016

Through your generous support and the backing of our governmental and institutional funders, the Osborne Association continues to work for systemic reforms while we provide opportunities for people to reunite with their families, continue their education, connect to meaningful employment, and rebuild their lives after incarceration. As we continue to analyze our impact in this new year, we will update you on our newest initiatives including the redevelopment of the former Fulton Correctional Facility into a community reentry center and our Elder Reentry Initiative to provide comprehensive support for aging people as they return home from NY jails and prisons.

View and Download our 2015 Impact Highlights Infographic here.

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