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Justice Center Oversight Committee
John H. Mulroy Civic Center
15th Floor East
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-3565

Individuals housed at Jail or
Jamesville can call
(315) 435-3567 for free



Related Publications, References, Websites & Factsheets



Information about Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement & Correctional Facilities:


National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)


NACOLE Flyer about the value of Civilian Oversight


2010 PACE Law Review Article - "Independent Correctional Oversight Mechanisms Across the United States: A 50-State Inventory" - by Michele Deitch - University of Texas


2008 American Bar Association Resolution About Effective Monitoring of Correctoinal and Detention Facilities





Information about Special Issues in Jail & Prison Oversight:


2010 American Journal of Criminal Law Article - "Special Populations and the Importance of Prison Oversight" - by Michele Deitch - University. of Texas


Incarceration & Disabilities - 2 articles


US prisons hold more than 550,000 people with intellectual disabilities - by Jennifer Sarrett


Orange in the New Asylum: Incarceration of Individuals with Disabilities - by Becky Crowe & Christine Drew






Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission Factsheets:


Mission & Objectives of the Human Rights Commission and Justice Center Oversight Committee


Description of Types of Incidents & Complaints Justice Center Oversight Committee is Authorized to Review (2 Page Excerpt from Enabling Legislation)


2015 Onondaga County Legislation that Established the Justice Center Oversight

Committee (along with the 2015 Legislation that Renewed the Human Rights Commission & Designated it as the source of Administrative Suppprt for the JCOC)


The Rights of Persons Who Have Limited Proficiency with English (LEP)






New York State Commission of Correction:



The Mission of the The New York State Commission of Correction is "to provide for a safe, stable and humane correctional system in New York State.


To this end, the Commission:

  • Promulgates minimum standards for the management of correctional facilities;
  • Evaluates, investigates and oversees local and state correctional facilities and police lock-ups;
  • Assists in developing new correctional facilities; and
  • Provides technical assistance."




From the New York State Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)


Title 9 - Executive Department, Subtitle AA - State Commission of Correction



  • New York State Minimum Standards for Local Jails & Prisons - click here



  • New York State Minimum Standards for Police Lockups - click here



  • New York State Minimum Standards for Secure Juvenile Detention Facilities - click here





The Correctional Association of New York:



"Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society.


In 1846, the CA was granted authority by New York State Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the public. The only private organization in New York with unrestricted access to prisons, the CA has remained steadfast in its commitment to inform the public debate on criminal justice for nearly 170 years. The CA utilizes its unique legislative mandate to expose abusive practices, educate the public and policymakers about what goes on behind prison walls, and advocate for systemic, lasting and progressive change.


Working in collaboration with a broad base of stakeholders and advocates, the CA works to build the power of the communities most negatively affected by criminal justice policy and decrease the state’s use and abuse of incarceration as a response to the socioeconomic problems facing our communities."








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