Home > Publications > Articles, Papers & Other Publications

 Articles, Papers & Other Publications

Testimony to New York City Council, Committee on Juvenile Justice and Committee on Courts and Legal Services Hearing on “Oversight – Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility”
On January 19, 2017 by CCA Executive Director David Condliffe and Emily NaPier, CCA Director of Justice Strategies.

Blueprint for Criminal Justice Reform for NYC - a proposal by The ATI/Reentry Coalition

"Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions"
This report, written by CCA's Executive Director, Dr. Marsha Weissman, and Emily NaPier, M.A., Senior Associate of Research and Public Affairs, 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.

"Executive Summary "Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions"

"Boxed Out: Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition" This report, researched and written by the Center for Community Alternatives, in cooperation with the Education From The Inside Out Coalition, examines screening policies, procedures, and practices used by SUNY colleges and universities for applicants who disclose that they have felony convictions. Click here for the Executive Summary.

"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. Click here for an overview of the report.

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

"A Guide for Attorneys representing College Applicants and Students During and After Criminal Proceedings", Alan Rosenthal, Esq., Patricia Warth, Esq., Co-Directors of Justice Strategies; Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., January 2013.

"The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered", Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Alan Rosenthal, Esq., Patricia Warth, Esq., Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., Michael Messina-Yauchzy, Ph.D., Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., November 2010.

CCA submitted testimony for the hearing of the the U.S. Senate, Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on Ending the School to Prison Pipeline. Click here for CCA's testimony.

Close to Home Initiative Statement, Center for Community Alternatives 

"Pathways for Offender Reentry", a new release by American Correctional Association (ACA), includes essays by scholars and practitioners including an article by CCA staff, "Unlocking the Potential of Reentry through Reintegrative Justice." The CCA article is available here. The full reader is available for purchase on the ACA website.

More than 2 Million Americans, a new publication on the agency commemorating CCA's 30th Anniversary. Click here for a pdf copy.

CCA was invited to make recommendations to the Sentencing Commission's Subcommittee on Changing the Age of Majority.  Follow this link for CCA's written recommendations.

CCA submits written testimony to the NYS Assembly Committee on Correction Hearing Regarding the Merger of the Department of Correctional Services and the the Division of Parole.

Myth v. Reality: Issues Facing People Convicted of Sex Offenses 

"Beyond Going Home: From Reentry to Reintegration", Isaac Rothwell and Jeff VanBuren, Reintegration Specialists, Center for Community Alternatives, Inc.; Pro Se, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, Vol. 21, No.3, 2011.

"The Use of CHAIRS Reports as Criminal Background Checks", Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., A Report to the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS), April 2011.

"In Search of a Workable Sentencing Model" and "NYSACDL Supports Call for Parole Reform", Alan Rosenthal and Patricia Warth, Co-Directors of CCA's Justice Strategies, Atticus, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Winter 2011 | Volume 23 | Number 1.

"Juvenile Justice: The Case For Local Control", Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Executive Director, City Limits, Community Conversations, January 31, 2010.

Testimony before the New York City Council, Committees on Juvenile Justice and General Welfare, on January 26, 2011.

"The Bias of Background Checks", Marsha Weissman, Inside Higher Ed, January 20,2011.

Testimony on "Implementation and Funding of the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Legislation" before the NYS Assembly Committees on Codes, Judiciary, Correction, and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alan Rosenthal, CCA Co-Director of Justice Strategies,  December 20, 2010. 

"The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered", Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Alan Rosenthal, Esq., Patricia Warth, Esq., Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., Michael Messina-Yauchzy, Ph.D., Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., November 2010.

"How New York Could Save Millions:  The Potential Cost Saving and Public Safety Benefits of the Temporary Release Program", Patricia Warth, Esq. and Alan Rosenthal, Esq., Co-Directors, Justice Strategies; Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., 2009.

Letter to the Post-Standard on Civil Confinement, Patricia Warth, Co-Director Justice Strategies, Syracuse Post-Standard, April 29, 2010.

Aspiring to the Impracticable:  Alternatives to Incarceration in the Era of Mass Incarceration, Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., New York University Journal of Law and Social Change, Volume 33(2):239-265, 2009.

Book Review by Rosenthal and Warth: "A Former Insider's Guide to Parole: A Manual for Anyone Trying to Get Out of Prison" by Gerald Balone.

"The School to Prison Pipeline and Criminalizing Youth: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives", THE LINK Connecting Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare, Vol. 6, No. 4, Spring 2008, Pages 6-9/15-17, Child Welfare League of America.

"Closing the Doors to Higher Education: Another Collateral Consequence of a Criminal Conviction", Center for Community Alternatives, Inc./Justice Strategies, National H.I.R.E. Network, April 2008. 

"Someone Who's Been There But Isn't Too Far Away': Findings from a Study of the Mentoring Component of a Young Adult Reentry Program," Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., Emily NaPier, M.A., Justice Strategies Working Paper, March 2008.

"Sentencing for Dollars: The Financial Consequences of a Criminal Conviction," Alan Rosenthal, Esq., Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Justice Strategies Working Paper, February 2007.

"A New Sentencing Model to Meet the Challenge of Reentry and Public Safety," Alan Rosenthal, J.D., Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., Justice Strategies Working Paper, June 2006.

"Responding to Sexual Offenses: Research, Reason and Public Safety," Kostas A. Katsavdakis, Ph.D., PC, Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Alan Rosenthal, Esq, Justice Strategies Working Paper, March 2006.

"School Yard or Prison Yard: Improving Outcomes for Marginalized Youth," Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., Kathryn Sowards, Ph.D., Christine Abaté, M.R.P., Pamela Weinberg, M.A.Ed. and Charlee Marthia, M.A. Justice Strategies Working Paper, April 2005.

"Surviving; Connecting; Feeling: Psychosocial Dimensions of Recovery from Drug Dependence Among Women in the Criminal Justice System," Kathryn A. Sowards, Ph.D. and Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. Justice Strategies Working Paper, February 2005.

"Structural Violence and Racial Disparities in HIV Transmission, " Alan Rosenthal, Esq, Susan D. Lane, Ph.D., MPH, Robert Rubinstein, Ph.D., Ms.PH., Robert H. Keefe, Ph.D., ACSW, Noah Webster, Donald A. Cibula, Ph.D., Jesse Dowdell, MA. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, May 2004 15: 319-335.

"It's All about Health: Finding From An Evaluation of the Young Women's CHOICES HIV-Prevention Program," Susan Adair,M.A., Elaine Wolf, Ph.D., and Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. June/July 2004.  Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, 5(4):37-38; 47-49.

"Unlocking the Potential of Reentry and Reintegration: A Reintegrative Sentencing Model," Alan Rosenthal, J.D. and Elaine Wolf, Ph.D. Justice Strategies Working Paper, October 2004.

"An Advocacy Organization’s View of Issues Surrounding Reentry: Setting an Agenda for Research and Policy”, Elaine Wolf, PhD, Alan Rosenthal, J.D., Justice Strategies Working Paper, April 2004.  

Central New York Practice Research Network Conference Project: Final Project Report — September 2003 — Elaine Wolf, Ph. D. and Susan Adair

"Inspiring Hope, Envisioning Alternatives: The Importance of Peer Role Models for Treatment Engagement in a Women's Program for Felony Offenders," Kathryn Sowards, Kathleen O'Boyle, Marsha Weissman, Ph.D.. August 2003. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Atlanta.

"Arriving, Connecting, Feeling: Themes from Women's Treatment Narratives in a Gender-Specific Program for Felony Offenders," Kathryn Sowards and Marsha Weissman, Ph.D.. July 2003 Justice Strategies Working Paper.

Evaluation Report: PreCISE Program, July 2001-December 2002 — July 2003— Elaine Wolf, Ph.D. and Susan Adair

Evaluation Report:Young Women's CHOICES Program, July 2001-December 2002 — July 2003 — Elaine Wolf and Susan Adair

"Predicting Retention of Drug Court Participants Using Event History Analysis," Elaine M. Wolf, Kathryn A. Sowards, and Douglas A. Wolf. 2003. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation 37(3):139-162.

"Strengthening Partnerships: Changing Systems Through Research and Practice." Conference Report, prepared by Susan Adair, Central New York Practice Research Network 2003.

"Women's Choices: Case Management for Women Leaving Jails and Prisons," Marsha Weissman, Lisa DeLamater and Ana Lovejoy, The Source: Newsletter of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, Spring 2003 Vol. 12(1) 9-12.

"Factors Affecting Recovery Among Graduates of a Drug Treatment Court," Elaine Wolf, Ph.D. and Susan Adair. February 2003 Justice Strategies Working Paper.

"Arriving, Connecting, Feeling: Themes From a Women's Treatment Program for Felony Offenders," Kathleen A. Sowards and Marsha Weissman, Ph.D., Justice Strategies Working Paper August 2003.

"A Rural Drug Treatment Court Process Evaluation," Susan Adair. November/December 2002. Offender Programs Report, 6(4):51-52, 55-57

"Narratives of Transformation from an Empowerment-Based Drug Treatment Program for Women Offenders," Kathryn Sowards, Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. and ElaineWolf, Ph.D.. October 2002. Conference on Treating Addictions in Special Populations, Binghamton NY.

"Factors Affecting Recovery Among Graduates of a Drug Treatment Court," Elaine Wolf and Susan Adair. October 2002. Conference Treating Addictions in Special Populations, Binghamton NY.

"It's Hard, Judge": Drug Court Participants' Struggles With Recovery." Elaine Wolf. September/October 2002. Offender Programs Report, 6(3):33; 43-46

"Drug Courts and the Challenges of Criminal Justice System Reform." Marsha Weissman. September/October 2002. Offender Programs Report, 6(3):33-34; 40-42

"Systemic Constraints on the Implementation of a Drug Court." Elaine Wolf. 2002. Pp.27-50 in Drug Courts: In Theory and in Practice, edited by James Nolan.

Process Evaluation Of The Oswego County Drug Treatment Court Report — February 28, 2002 — Elaine Wolf and Susan Adair

"Report to the NAACP Syracuse Onondaga Chapter on Racial Disparities in the local Criminal Justice System," Alan Rosenthal, J.D. March 2001 (PDF not available).

"Everyday Hassles: Barriers to Recovery in Drug Court," Elaine Wolf and Corey Colyer. 2001. Journal of Drug Issues 31:233-258.

"Moving from the Criminal Justice System to Self-Sufficiency: Barriers Facing Women Ex-Offenders," Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. and Elaine M. Wolf, Ph.D. Justice Strategies Working Paper October 2001.

"Women and Addiction: Treatment Issues and Innovative Program Models," Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. and Kathleen O'Boyle, The Source: Newsletter of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, Spring 2000 Vol. 10(1) 17-20.

Increasing Our Understanding of the Recovery Process Through Drug Court Narratives: Technical Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of National Institute of Justice Grant Number 98-IJ-CX-0041, Elaine Wolf and Corey Colyer. 1999.   Syracuse NY: Sociology Department, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

"Earning the Trust from Youths with None to Spare," Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. and Candace Mayer LaRue, Child Welfare League of America 1998 Vol. 77 579-594.

Extending Welfare Reform to Ex-Offenders: Report on TANF Grant Recipients Focus Group

"Revising Federal Sentencing Policy: Some Consequences of Expanding Eligibility for Alternative Sanctions." Elaine Wolf and Marsha Weissman, Ph.D.. 1996. Crime and Delinquency 42:192-205.

analytics