Celebrating 30 years: 1981-2011The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration.  Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.

CCA serves people in trouble: youth at risk; families in crisis; people struggling to address drug and alcohol problems and HIV and AIDS; and people who have been involved in the criminal justice system who are seeking community reintegration and productive, law-abiding lives.  CCA endeavors to address these issues by emphasizing personal empowerment, self-respect and concern for one's community.

News & Events

CCA's Alan Rosenthal is retiring after 40 years working to make the criminal justice system more equitable and just. Additionally, as a mark of the occasion, the New York State Defenders Association selected Mr. Rosenthal to receive the Wilfred R. O'Connor Award at its annual conference. This award is given to a criminal defense attorney who exemplifies the client-centered sense of justice, persistence, and compassion for poor people and people of color who face criminal charges. More ...


Marsha Weissman, Executive Director, has been appointed to Governor Cuomo's newly created Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. The Council is charged with addressing the barriers to community reintegration for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers … the issues that are core to CCA's mission.




CCA and the Men's Wearhouse invite you to participate in the 7th annual National Suit Drive. When you donate your gently used professional attire (men's and women's) during the month of July, your donations will be given to individuals participating in CCA's employment and reintegration programs who are interviewing for jobs. Contributions are tax deductible. Donors receive a 50% discount on their next purchase. Click here for the Men's Wearhouse Annual Suit Drive flyer and donation details. Please drop off your donations to Men's Wearhouse, 3470 Erie Blvd. East, Syracuse, NY or 5663 East Circle Drive, Cicero, NY.

CCA-Syracuse Youth Banquet and youth services are highlighted in this week's United Way of Central New York Community Update video


CCA provides early interventions for young people involved in the juvenile justice system. New York State is one of only two states in which the age of criminal majority is 16. CCA's recommendations. The short video by Brave New Foundation describes the ramifications of this important issue and features CCA's work.