Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City's Incarceration Rate Hits New Low - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs, Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt, Correction Commissioner Dora B. Schriro and Probation Commissioner Vincent N. Schiraldi today announced an historic drop in the City’s incarceration rates. Since 2001, major felony crime in New York City has been reduced by 32 percent – a sharper decline than the rest of the nation.
Policy Research Associates Reviews CASES’ TCM Program - In August 2012, Policy Research Associates, with the support of the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, completed a review of CASES’ Transitional Case Management (TCM) program. TCM is an alternative sentence of either 3 or 5 days of mandated case management sessions in the community, followed by up to 3 months of voluntary case management services, including linkage to community-based treatment providers. TCM targets repeat misdemeanor offenders with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders charged in New York Criminal Court.
Panel Discussion on Working with Justice-Involved Clients with Mental Illness - On October 5, 2012, the Center for Urban Community Services will host a panel discussion entitled The Myths of Realities of Risk: Working with Justice-Involved Mentally ill Individuals with Complex Needs from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This panel discussion will showcase the work of seasoned professionals from a variety of settings who will explore the issues, challenges, and opportunities of working with various sub-populations, including individuals with high risk factors for rearrest, individuals with personality disorders, and those with past violent criminal charges/behaviors.
CASES to Expand Mental Health Services with New Manhattan ACT Team - In October, CASES will assume leadership of the Manhattan Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. CASES was selected to lead the team by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) in a competitive application process. The CASES Manhattan ACT Team will provide comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness in northern Manhattan, including the communities of Harlem, Inwood, and Washington Heights.
CASES Celebrates Young Adult Justice Scholars Graduation - On August 2, 2012, CASES staff gathered with representatives of the NYC Department of Probation and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to celebrate the first graduates of the Young Adult Justice Scholars (YAJS) program. As part of the six-month program, court-involved youth attend education and GED classes, receive case management and counseling, and complete work-readiness workshops and paid internships.
Delegation of Ethiopian Justice Officials Visits CASES - On July 25, several high-level officials involved in the Ethiopian justice system, including the Minister of Justice His Excellency Ato Berhan Haylu, met with CASES’ staff as part of a two-week learning program entitled “Justice for All” sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
NYC Department of Probation Selects CASES to Operate City-wide Education Program - CASES has received a $900,000 grant from the NYC Department of Probation to launch a new education program for youth who have been involved in the justice system. The Justice Scholars program, which will begin enrolling youth in January 2012, will serve justice-involved young men and women ages 16-24 throughout the city.
CASES Awarded Civic Justice Corps Grant - On July 1st, CASES was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to launch a new Civic Justice Corps program for youth with previous involvement in the justice system.
"Rikers' Regulars" - The Gotham Gazette recently interviewed CASES CEO Joel Copperman on progress the city is making to better respond to individuals with mental illness in the custody of the Department of Correction.
YouthAction NYC Visit - On May 12, 2010, CASES hosted a group of students from YouthAction NYC to educate young advocates about the juvenile justice system and the benefits of placing youth in alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs.
Above the Streets Basketball League Encourages Youth to Make Positive Choices - The Above the Streets (ATS) Basketball League was created by CASES staff and is designed for agencies working with youth and young adults (ages 16-24) from all walks of life to help them confront the challenges they face on a daily basis. ATS targets youth that have made mistakes and are willing to make an effort to correct them.
CASES vs. Phoenix House Youth Sports Challenge - The First Annual CASES/Phoenix House Youth Sports Challenge will take place on Friday, July 16, 2010. The goal of the event is to promote sports as a positive lifestyle choice for young people.
Task Force Finds Crisis in New York's Juvenile Justice System - In September 2008, Governor David A. Paterson created the Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice to help the state shift from its punitive approach toward a rehabilitative, treatment-focused model of care that promotes public safety, holds youth accountable for their actions, and produces positive outcomes for young people and their families. In its recent report, the Task Force offers 20 recommendations for reducing the use of institutional placement and expanding alternatives; eliminating inequities across the system, particularly those that disproportionately impact youth of color; improving the supports and services provided to young people in state custody and upon release; and ensuring system accountability and transparency.
CASES Youth Attend Private Screening of "Precious" with Cast Members - On December 21, 2009, 26 CASES clients and staff attended a private screening of the Academy Award nominated film "Precious" at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, presented by the New York International Latino Film Festival, McCray Media + Co LLC, and Beyond Influencing Da Hood (BIDH).