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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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

Image Source: http://www.thenation.com/article/what-happens-when-old-prisons-are-given-back-to-their-communities/

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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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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