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Marsha Weissman


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Marsha Weissman is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), which provides direct services, training, technical assistance and research in the field of community corrections and related human services. A 1970 graduate of Syracuse University, Ms. Weissman holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from New York University and is A.B.D. in Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University. She is the author of "Revising Federal sentencing policy - Expanding eligibility for intermediate sanctions under the Guidelines," (Crime and Delinquency, April 1996), and "The criminally-involved drug addict: Public policy and sentencing advocacy," (Practicing Law Institute, 1991). Ms. Weissman's most recent publications include "Earning trust from youths with none to spare" (Child Welfare, Special Issue: Children with parents in prison, Vol. LXXVII, #5).Through her work at the CCA, Ms. Weissman has spent much of her time educating the public and policy makers on implementing a more effective criminal justice system, by decreasing the unnecessary imprisonment of offenders, expanding alternatives to incarceration and treatment programs and ameliorating conditions in prisons and jails. In 1990, Ms. Weissman developed the first substance abuse treatment program in New York State serving women as an alternative to prison. The Center's Youth Advocacy Program, which serves as an alternative for youth in the legal system, was highlighted on the CBS show "48 Hours."As Executive Director of CCA, Ms. Weissman oversees numerous community corrections and drug treatment programs funded by a wide range of public and private agencies. These include juvenile justice programs such as community support and supervision, mentoring, work apprenticeships, HIV prevention education programs for persons in the criminal justice system. She has been actively involved in the design and implementation of the Syracuse Community Treatment Court.Ms. Weissman is a member of several boards and coalitions including the New York State Association of Alternative Sentencing Programs, the New York Coalition for Women Prisoners, the Syracuse University Center on Human Policy Advisory Board, the New York State Defenders Association, and the National Association of Sentencing Advocates.

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