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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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

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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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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