Technology Helps Keep Families Connected While A Parent Is Jailed

Technology Helps Keep Families Connected While A Parent Is Jailed

26 Apr 2019

By Maura Christie 
PUBLISHED 1:39 PM ET Apr. 25, 2019

When a parent is sent to jail or prison, the bond with their child is often lost or put in jeopardy.

Now, there's a new program to help make sure families don't miss out on that precious time.

Technology like FaceTime and Skype will start playing a role in eight prisons, allowing parents that are incarcerated to visit with their children more often.

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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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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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Black History Month

Black History Month

27 Feb 2019

At Osborne, Black History Month has long been a celebration of African-American culture, achievements, progress, and an opportunity to honor and remember important people and events in African-American history.

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