About CoRA (Coalition of Reentry Advocates)
CoRA is a New York State coalition of advocates who work to change laws and policies to ensure that people who have had contact with the criminal justice system have a fair chance to succeed as full community members.
What is LAC’s involvement?
- Legal Action Center’s Director of State Policy Sebastian Solomon was the first chair of CoRA and currently co-chairs the Coalition.
- Legal Action Center’s Deputy Director and Vice President Anita Marton was instrumental in convening the earliest iterations of CoRA in 2005.
- Legal Action Center has been active in developing the Coalition’s goals and strategy, coordinating coalition activities and organizing meetings, reaching out to government agencies to support CoRA’s objectives, and participating in joint advocacy efforts with the Coalition.
Why is the CoRA Important?
Each year, nearly 25,000 people leave New York State prisons and many more cycle through the state’s jails and community corrections programs. They face challenges to successful community reentry and employment. 40 percent of the formerly incarcerated in New York State recidivate within three years of their release.
Better public policies will help people overcome the challenges of reentry and reduce recidivism and its associated costs. Advocates have banded together to form CoRA and fight for better reentry policies and practices in New York.
Visit the NEW (CoRA) website here.
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