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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Osborne Statement on the NY State Budget: Significant Progress on Criminal Justice Reforms, but the Work Continues

Osborne Statement on the NY State Budget: Significant Progress on Criminal Justice Reforms, but the Work Continues

01 Apr 2019

The Osborne Association commends Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Senate President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for passing a budget that includes criminal justice reforms that align with our vision for a more just and compassionate legal system. Osborne's decades of work inside prisons and jails and in the community show us the terrible human cost of overly punitive policies.

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Addressing the Crisis of Family Separation Here in New York

Addressing the Crisis of Family Separation Here in New York

28 Feb 2019

Assemblymembers Carmen De La Rosa and David Weprin are a member and the chair, respectively, of the New York Assembly Committee on Correction. In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, they write about the importance of supporting visiting for families members of people incarcerated in NY State prisons.

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