The 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.
CCA is among twenty nonprofit organizations selected as finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation's inaugural Spark Prize, the first and only honor of its kind celebrating changemakers in the borough's thriving nonprofit sector. Read more: http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/blog/2016/10/20-brooklyn-nonprofits-selected-finalists-2016-spark-prize
The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) system voted on September 14th to ban the box on its admissions application. CCA's "Boxed Out" report was cited repeatedly in the resolution. The New York Times endorses SUNY's decision to ban the box and also highlights CCA's "Boxed Out" report as a critical factor in driving the change.
CCA's Rochester office, home of the Rochester-Monroe Recovery Network (RMRN), is located in the newly named, ROC (Reaching our Community) Hub. Two of CCA's former employees have opened health and wellness programs joining RMRN at the 228 Plymouth Ave. location. Jackson Davis, CCA's Director of Recovery Services, leads CCA's RMRN.
Norman Brown was granted clemency by President Obama in 2015 after serving 20 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug conviction at the age of 22. We are proud to have Norman as part of the CCA family. He is the Deputy Director of Project New Opportunity, CCA's first project based in Washington, DC. PNO connects people being released from federal prison by Presidential commutation and sentence modifications to reentry resources in their home communities. Read more at: http://www.projectnewopportunity.org/
The Alliance for Safety and Justice has released Crime Survivors Speak, a report on the findings from their National Survey of Victim's Views. By a 2 to 1 margin, victims prefer that the criminal justice system focus more on rehabilitating people who commit crimes than punishing them.
"Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions" - This report highlights findings from CCA's national surveys of college admissions officials and high school guidance counselors. It concludes that the collection and disclosure of high school disciplinary records in the college admissions process is arbitrary and likely to disproportionately create barriers to higher education for students of color and students with disabilities. Click here to read more about "Education Suspended."
"Boxed Out: Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition" - This report builds upon CCA's 2010 study, "The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered" and explains how the criminal history box on college applications and the supplemental requirements and procedures that follow create barriers to higher education for otherwise qualified applicants by the phenomenon of "felony application attrition." Click here for the “Boxed Out” publications.