18 Nov PANEL DISCUSSION: RIKERS ISLAND: REFORM IT OR SHUT IT DOWN? CENTER FOR NYC AFFAIRS
The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School presented:
Rikers Island: Reform It — or Shut it Down?
The Rikers Island jail complex has become a symbol of criminal justice dysfunction. Last year, The New York Times uncovered 129 serious injuries to inmates. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York documented widespread abuse and neglect of teenagers in the jail’s adolescent unit. And Mayor de Blasio described an environment so toxic that inmates are released “more broken than when they came in.”
The City administration has initiated reforms. But a growing number of community groups, advocates and elected representatives say that piecemeal changes are not enough. Their cry is getting louder: Shut Rikers Down.
The discussion revolved around what jail reform can and should look like: how can the city move toward a better, smaller jail? What are the right alternatives for adolescents and mentally ill inmates? What community-based supports must be in place to reduce incarceration and recidivism? What are the barriers to real reform and how can they be overcome? This event was co-sponsored by JustLeadershipUSA and the Humanities Action Lab at The New School.
Speakers and Panelists included:
Charles Nunez, Community Advocate, Youth Represent
Glenn E. Martin, founder and president, JustLeadershipUSA
Liz Glazer, director, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (WAS A NO SHOW!!!!)
Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director and co-founder, the Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor of politics and advocacy. Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Ann-Marie Louison, Co-director of adult behavioral health programs, CASES
Scott M. Stringer, SPECIAL LECTURER, Comptroller, City of New York
Marty Horn, executive director, NYS Sentencing Commission
Glenn Martin, founder and president, JustLeadershipUSA
Neil Barsky, founder and chairman, the Marshall Project
Carmen Perez, executive director, The Gathering for Justice and co-founder, Justice League NYC
The Auditorium: 66 West 12th Street, First Floor New York, 10011 United States + Google Map
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