New York State's parole system is broken. Almost half of the people on parole in New York wind up back in prison, with most re-incarcerations due to technical violations that are not crimes.
The New York State Legislature is taking up a comprehensive package of criminal justice and parole reform bills, addressing some of the challenges that make our prison system a needless revolving door.
Learn about our current system, the proposed reforms, and what you can do to help people get back on their feet and stay out of prisons.
Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney
Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Scientist at Justice Lab of Columbia University
Rob De Leon, Associate Vice President of Programs at The Fortune Society
Donna Hylton, Director of the Women and Girls Project at the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice.
MODERATED BY CELESTE KATZ, CO-HOST OF WBAI-FM NEW YORK'S "DRIVING FORCES"
When: Sunday, March 24, 12:30 PM. Panel discussion followed by advocacy opportunities.
Where: Plymouth Church Reception Room, 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | RSVP IS SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
We are Plymouth people who have come together in response to what we believe is God’s call to understand, address and dismantle racism in ourselves, and our society. We plan to go about this in several ways. We want to:
Provide opportunities and a safe environment at Plymouth where we can openly share thoughts and feelings, and ask questions about racism.
Educate ourselves about the history and continuing presence of personal and systemic racism.
Publicly advocate for racial justice in our society.
To generate this kind of learning and action, we will utilize book discussions, films, speakers, museum exhibits, prayer groups, partnerships with other organizations, and other modes yet to be determined. We are open to ideas and suggestions, and would welcome your participation in any aspect of this work.