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Department of Corrections

The Department provides custody of males and females, 16 and older, who — after arraignment on criminal charges — have been unable to post bail or were remanded without bail, pending adjudication of their criminal charges. These detainees constitute about two-thirds of the total inmate population.

The Department also incarcerates those sentenced in the city to terms of up to one year, parole violators awaiting parole revocation hearings, and persons charged with civil crimes.

Department of Juvenile Justice

The mission of the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is to provide non-secure and secure detention for alleged juvenile delinquents and secure for alleged juvenile offenders whose cases are pending, and post-adjudicated juveniles awaiting transfer to state facilities. DJJ also provides youth with delinquency prevention and post detention services through its Community-Based Intervention (CBI) program.

Literacy Assistance Center

Founded in 1983, the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides essential referral, training, information and technical assistance services to hundreds of adult and youth literacy programs in New York. Our mission is to support and promote the expansion of quality literacy services in New York.

Partnership for After School Education

Formed in 1993 by leaders in the field of youth development and literacy, the Partnership for After School Education (PASE) is a growing city-wide professional network of after school staff, directors, education specialists, and resource providers committed to promoting, strengthening and enhancing the fields of after school education and youth development. Through its programs, networking opportunities, and publications, PASE engages its participants in identifying excellence in after school education, articulating program service and delivery needs, and advocating for systemic improvements and increased visibility of the field.

Friends of Island Academy

Friends of Island Academy (FOIA) reaches out to youth prior to their release from Rikers Island. Upon discharge, FOIA provides job training, counseling, education, mentoring, and youth leadership development. In return, articipants are expected to stay out of trouble, take responsibility for themselves, and work to rebuild their lives.

Offers Transitional Programs for ex-offender youth ages 10-21 including education, mentoring, employment, counseling and youth leadership.

Correctional Education Association

The Correctional Education Association (CEA), founded in 1946, is a non-profit, professional association serving educators and administrators who provide services to students in correctional settings. The CEA is the largest affiliate of the American Correctional Association and is located in the ACA building in Lanham, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.


National Institute for Literacy

This site is a comprehensive collection of resources for basic skills and literacy programs in correctional education. Through this single access point, instructors, administrators, and adult learners can find activities and links exclusively related to correctional education.

The Correctional Association of New York - Juvenile Justice Project

The Juvenile Justice Project is the newest Correctional Association initiative. It began in July 1997 in response to increasing calls for more punitive and harsh responses to youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system.

The Fortune Society

Staffed primarily by ex-offenders, The Fortune Society is a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to educating the public about prisons, criminal justice issues, and the root causes of crime. We also help ex-offenders and at-risk youth break the cycle of crime and incarceration through a broad range of services.


Health Link-Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs, and Community Health

Health Link is a model program designed to test an alternative approach to public health and public safety. Its goals are to reduce recidivism and drug use; to improve women and adolescent males quality of life after release; and to improve public health and public safety in two low-income New York City neighborhoods.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow -- all while having fun. It is truly The Positive Place For Kids.

Systems Applications for Educating Troubled Youth Network

SAFETY-NET is a service of the Justice Distance Learning Consortium. Our mission is to provide teachers and students with access to a range of multimedia resources, plus online connections that can be used to literally redefine the educational process in correctional and alternative educational settings.

Youth Portraits

A GROUP OF YOUNG ADULTS who served time on Rikers Island decided they had a story to tell. For eight months, they worked side by side with Sound Portraits producers to create short documentaries about their lives.

These are their stories . . .

The Waterways Project

The Waterways Project of Ten Penny Players, an arts in education program, uses the arts to integrate literacy, creative expression, publishing, performance, service learning, computer skills, and critical thinking into a curriculum created for a network of schools, libraries, community based organizations, and distant learners.

Through workshops, publications and performances, Waterways encourages all participants to actively engage in creative communities.