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Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration

Addressing Key Criminal Justice Issues in the 21st Century (Correctional Association of New York - Feb. 2007)

  • Organization: Correctional Association of New York
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Thursday, February 01, 2007
  • Submitted: Wednesday, February 14, 2007
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Reforming the criminal justice system is often a long and challenging process. But after years of strategic effort by the Correctional Association and its allies, and with new leaders in Albany - Governor Eliot Spitzer and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, who seem prepared to adopt a progressive stance towards law enforcement issues - we have a unique opportunity to make criminal justice practice in New York substantially more fair, effective, and humane. This special report presents some of our top reform proposals for the state's new administration to consider and the benefits they will provide for people caught up in the criminal justice system and for society as a whole.

In New York State the juvenile justice system addresses offenses and charges involving youth 15 years and younger and the adult criminal justice system responds to the offenses and charges involving people aged 16 and older. For the purpose of concision and convenience, we have divided our presentation of needed reforms into two sections dealing with major issues corresponding with these two principal law enforcement areas.

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