Reentry Net/NY Serving People from Arrest to Reintegration February 2009 Resource Updates and Highlights
You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of the New York State Reentry Resource Center, a network of more than 1,000 advocates and direct service providers from all around the state. Each month, we bring you resource highlights, news, and policy updates from the online resource center.
*Advocates to Speak out for the Repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws*
On March 10, 2009, join dozens of organizations and hundreds of people with Drop the Rock Coalition for Advocacy Day in Albany to speak out for the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. To attend Advocacy Day or for more information, visit the Drop the Rock website or contact Caitlin Dunklee at 212-254-5700 or email@example.com
*Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) Expanded Discretion Bill introduced in Assembly and Senate*
The ASFA expanded discretion bill, proposed by Assembly-member Aubry and Senator Montgomery, would allow foster care agency caseworkers to cite incarceration or drug rehabilitation as a reason to delay filing for termination of parental rights if they believe it is in the best interest of the child.
Analysis of 2009-10 New York State Executive Budget: The Center for Community Alternatives offers this analysis of the parts of the Executive Budget Bill which are of particular interest to the criminal defense bar, ATI's and criminal justice policy advocates. Click here to read the paper.
How New York Could Save Millions - The Potential Cost Savings and Public Safety Benefits of the Temporary Release Program: This working paper authored by Center for Community Alternatives' Justice Strategies Project discusses the incredible potential of the Temporary Release program to save New York State millions of dollars while enhancing public safety. Among other highlights, the paper reveals that if New York were to return to 1994 levels of participation in the Temporary Release program, the State would realize a savings of approximately $137 million a year. Click here to read the report
Education From the Inside, Out - The Multiple Benefits of College Programs in Prison: New Report by the Correctional Association of New York recommends reversing federal and state budget cuts from the 1990s that have virtually eliminated in-prison college programs in New York and across the country. The report includes a survey of relevant research and a review of six model in-prison college programs. The report also contains first-hand testimony from program directors and formerly incarcerated program participants. Click here to read the report.
Alternative Sentencing in the Federal Criminal Justice System: The US Sentencing Commission has issued a study that analyzes alternative sentences for federal offenders and, specifically, United States citizens sentenced under various types of alternatives. This analysis describes current federal sentencing policy governing alternative sentences and examines the United States Sentencing Commission's data on offenders who received alternative sentences. Click here to read the report.
Internal Exile: Collateral Consequences of Conviction in Federal Laws and Regulations: The study by the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia catalogs the collateral consequences of a felony conviction arising under federal statutes and regulations. These consequences apply to felony convictions (or their equivalent) obtained in state, federal, and territorial courts, and in courts martial. Click here to read the study.
Defending Immigrants Partnership Online Resource Center: The Defending Immigrants Partnership, a collaboration of immigrant advocacy and defense organizations devoted to ensuring effective legal representation of non-citizen defendants in criminal proceedings, has launched a free online resource for criminal defenders. The website provides defenders with various strategies to mitigate the immigration consequences of a criminal plea or disposition and to fend against immigration enforcement in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Click here to visit the website.
Remember to visit Past Resources of the Weekfor highlighted reports, toolkits, and training materials from the past year. _______________________________________________________________________________________
*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*
Prisoner Reentry Institute's Occasional Series on Reentry Research: The next Occasional Series on Reentry Research will feature an engaging discussion on "Incarceration and Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Neighborhood Perspective." James Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present the research findings and public health implications of reentry from prison and jail. The event will be held on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 8:30 AM. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amelia Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.484.1399
Town Hall Meeting at The POINT: The POINT Development Corporation invites you to its annual Town Hall Meeting. Learn about all the campaigns and projects happening in Hunts Point, Bronx and how YOU can get involved. Hear about what THE POINT has been doing, and tell us what you think. Come check-in with THE POINT and let us know whats on your mind! There will be a free showing of WALL-E after the event. It will be held on Friday, February 27. 2009 at 6PM at the Point. For more information, please call 718-542-4139 ext. 28.
Public Hearing on Oversight on Violence Against Adolescents at Rikers Island: The Fire and Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss Department of Correction's oversight on Violence in Rikers island and legislation requiring a monthly report by the Commissioner to the Council regarding census data and violent incidents involving adolescents in city jails and discharge planning for adolescents leaving city jails. The hearing is scheduled for February 23, 2009 at 10 AM in City Hall.