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

Prelude to Prison is a newly published book by CCA's Executive Director, Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., which gives voice to young people effected by the school to prison pipeline. Prelude to Prison is available through the Syracuse University Press. On March 11th in NYC, the Open Society Foundations, Atlantic Philanthropies and Edward W. Hazen Foundation are hosting the book signing for Marsha's book and Daniel Losen's new book, Closing the School Discipline Gap. Click here for your invitation!



"When All Else Fails, Fining the Family," was covered in an article by Joseph Shapiro, in NPR's online publication The Two-Way: Breaking News From NPR.

We are pleased to share with you "When All Else Fails, Fining the Family: First Person Accounts of Criminal Justice Debt" written by Mitali Nagrecha and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein with Estelle Davis. The report provides first person accounts of the impact of criminal justice debt - child support, victim restitution, fines and fees - on reentry and community reintegration. It discusses how the heavy burden of debt affects not just the returning person him/herself, but their families as well. Click here for an overview of the report.

February 4, 2015, the Center for Community Alternatives and the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College will present "When All Else Fails …", featuring Mitali Nagrecha, co-author, and a panel discussion including Patricia Warth, CCA's Director of Justice Strategies. Click here for more information and registration.

The Center for Community Alternatives congratulates the NYS Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice and applauds Governor Cuomo's support for juvenile justice reform. Access a copy of the Commission's recommendations here. To find out more about Raise the Age New York, visit www.raisetheageny.com

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.