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Correctional Association of New York
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Isabela Possino

Liberal Arts Major(s): Political Science, Psychology
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

Over the summer I was given the opportunity to go on monitoring visits in several New York State maximum security prisons. While in the prisons, I was able to talk face to face with incarcerated individuals and obtain genuine responses about how they were being treated. I was faced with issues like officers withholding incarcerated individuals' medicine if they talked too loudly at night and people who were unable to get dentist appointments after upwards of six months. It was extremely eye-opening to see how a part of the population I did not have prior experience with was being neglected what I believe to be human rights.

I realized after hearing individuals' stories and hardships that I would like a career in advocacy and nonprofit work after college and law school

How did this experience impact you academically?

In my academic career thus far, the majority of my classes have been in political science, where I have learned about the gradual progression of equal rights among those of different races, ethnicities and genders. However, I realized over the summer that some populations, like incarcerated individuals, are being completely ignored because the group of people advocating on their behalf is nearly nonexistent. This taught me that while the United States is hopefully making progress toward a better world, there are people who need help that might not be given a voice.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

The Correctional Association of New York is the only independent and non-profit organization in New York that is able to go on monitoring visits and communicate directly with the incarcerated. I realized after hearing individuals' stories and hardships that I would like a career in advocacy and nonprofit work after college and law school. I have been given so many opportunities to succeed and prosper and would like to help minority groups that are not often discussed or helped politically.

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