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 Center for Community Alternatives is pleased to announce the publication of our 2014 Annual Report. Inside you'll find stories on an innovative program to reduce school suspensions, progress in a national campaign to end barriers to college admission, and employment success for formerly jobless individuals.



CCA applauds the Attorney General's commitment to ensure that opportunities for higher education are open to anyone "seeking to better their futures." CCA and the EIO Coalition will continue the campaign to completely eliminate the use of criminal background checks in the college admissions process.

NY timesNY Times editorial references CCA's study "The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions". Colleges are screening out applicants based on criminal records, but those records are often inaccurate and misleading or contain only trivial offenses.



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 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.