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Justice — Talk: Rikers Island – Reform It or Shut It Down? 11/18/15 *nyc -Center for Justice – Upcoming Events

Center for Justice – Upcoming Events

Talk: Rikers Island – Reform It or Shut It Down?
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 2-5PM
Center for New York City Affairs
The Auditorium
66 West 12th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10011

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.Join us for a discussion about 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 is co-sponsored by JustLeadershipUSA and the Humanities Action Lab at The New School.

Neil Barsky, founder and chairman, The Marshall Project
Elizabeth Glazer, director, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
Martin Horn, executive director, NYS Sentencing Commission
Khary Lazarre-White, executive director & co-founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Ann-Marie Louison, co-director of adult behavioral health programs, CASES
Glenn E. Martin, founder and president, JustLeadershipUSA
Charles Nuñez, community advocate, Youth Represent
Carmen Perez, executive director, The Gathering for Justice and co-founder of Justice League NYC
Jeff Smith, assistant professor of politics and advocacy, Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Scott M. Stringer, comptroller, City of New York

Moderated by Errol Louis, political anchor, NY1 News and host, “Inside City Hall”

Talk: Rikers Island – Reform It or Shut It Down?
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 6:30PM
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

The human brain has been clinically shown to not fully mature until we reach our mid-20s. New research envisions a system that extends the reach of the juvenile court to reflect a modern understanding of the transition into adulthood. Approaches could include raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 21, with additional, gradually diminishing  protections for young adults up to age 24 or 25; age-responsive reforms within adult criminal justice agencies; and community-based supports tailored to this age group.Please join us for a discussion of recent research on young adults from:

Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow, HKS Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard University

Jennifer A. Silvers, Ph.D. Columbia University, Department of Psychology

Richard Roderick, Programs Coordinator, Justice-in-Education Initiative, Columbia University, subject of “Cooler Bandits” documentary and formerly incarcerated at 18 for nearly 20 years

Livestream available at:


CFJ, Heyman Center for the Humanities, The Center for the Study of Law and Culture


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