Dr. Marsha Weissman
board member | Syracuse, NY
Marsha founded the Center for Community Alternatives where she served as Executive Director for 34 years through 2015. There she established model programs for youth and young adults in the juvenile and criminal justice system including New York's only alternative to incarceration program for "juvenile offenders", i.e., children under the age of 16 who are treated in the adult criminal justice system, New York State's first alternative-to-incarceration treatment program for women in the criminal justice system and a unique collaboration with the Syracuse City School District to reduce suspensions and expulsions of high risk youth. Marsha publishes widely, including her book Prelude to Prison (2015) which gives voice to young people affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. She holds a PhD with distinction in Social Science from Syracuse University where she currently teaches.
Patricia Warth, Esq.
board member | Albany, NY
Patricia Warth is the Chief Hurrell-Harring Implementation Attorney for NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS), leading the team working to implement the Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York Settlement to raise the quality of public criminal defense representation in five New York State counties. Since her 1996 graduation from Cornell Law, she has devoted her career to criminal justice advocacy. Patricia worked for the New York State Capital Defender Office from 1997 until its closure in 2005. She then spent a semester at Syracuse Law School’s Office of Clinical Legal Education, followed by two years as Managing Attorney of the Buffalo, NY office of Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York. In 2008, she joined the Center for Community Alternatives as Co-Director and eventually Director of Justice Strategies, where she worked until 2015 when she joined ILS. The experiences of the people with whom she works have informed her research and advocacy.
board member | Syracuse, NY
Chris graduated cum laude with an Associate's Degree in Human Services from Onondaga Community College in 2018 after returning to Syracuse from more than a decade incarcerated in the New York State prison system. Since his release in 2012, Chris has been active in the movement for justice, participating in campaigns to raise the age of criminal responsibility and to end cash bail in New York. He also works with the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative which helps students who are involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Chris plans to transfer to Syracuse University to major in social work and eventually pursue a masters in policy studies. He is a member of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.