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

The EIO Coalition, with CCA participating as one of the lead organizations, has released a white paper on barriers to college education for people with criminal histories based in part on the research of CCA's Alan Rosenthal. Click here to read the full report.

CCA provides testimony on LAWS GOVERNING THE AGE OF ADULT CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY presented before NYS Assembly Committees on Codes, Judiciary, Children and Families and the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

Preston paintingCCA is pleased to announce the publication of the 2013 Annual Report.




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.