Panel Discussion The Path to Closing Rikers

What Does it Mean for People with Significant Behavioral Health Needs?

Rikers Island

The City is taking active steps to close the jails on Rikers Island. Toward this end, government officials are working hard to implement systemic changes that will reduce the number of people entering jail and improve services for those currently incarcerated on Rikers Island. These changes are part of a multi-pronged effort to reform the City’s jail system and ultimately replace it with smaller, safer, program-rich borough-based jails.  Register Now!

NYS Parolees are Granted the Right to Vote!

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box to more than 35,000 people.

The mechanism through which Mr. Cuomo plans to do so is unusual: He would consider pardons for all 35,000 people currently on parole in New York, as well as any new convicted felons who enter the parole system each month.

Innocent and Behind Bars

Why Does Our Justice System Fight So Hard to Keep Innocent People Behind Bars?

Alcatraz_prison_block_cc_imgMark Godsey was a “prosecutor’s prosecutor” who didn’t think there were any innocent people in prison. Then he began supervising his law school’s Innocence Project, and realized his assumptions were all wrong.   By Joshua Holland