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Appellate Court Upholds Decision Enjoining District Attorney from Approving RPAPL 715 Case Settlements: Appellate Division, First Department upholds Supreme Court decision that RPAPL 715 does not give the DA authority to approve settlement agreements reached by landlords and tenants in holdover proceedings brought pursuant to this section. Click here to read the decision.
Decision Dismissing Termination of Tenancy Hearing Against NYCHA Tenant and Former Employee Based on Conduct During Employment: Decision dismissing termination of tenancy hearing for a NYCHA tenant and former employee who was criminally prosecuted after submitting false doctors' notes to explain her absences from work. NYCHA attempted to end her tenancy alleging violation of probation and breach of rules and regulations but Hearing Officer found the conduct unrelated to the obligations of the tenant, and dismissed the termination of tenancy proceeding. Click here to read the decision.
Healthcare in New York Prisons 2004-2007 : The Correctional Association has released a comprehensive analysis of medical services in New York prison system based on observations and information gathered at 19 prisons over the course of three years. The report highlights the significant problems that exist in spite of recent progress and makes concrete recommendations to policymakers on how to improve the quality of healthcare in the state's prisons. Click here to read the report.
A Higher Hurdle: Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Women: Extensive study by Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice highlights the obstacles to employment faced by formerly incarcerated women and makes recommendation for increasing access to employment opportunities for this group. Click here to read the study. Click here for the annotated bibliography which summarizes the findings of more than 50 research studies and other articles.
One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections: New Report by Pew Center on the States highlights the explosive growth in the number of people on probation or parole which has propelled the population of the American corrections system to more than 7.3 million people, or 1 in every 31 U.S. adults. It also examines the scale and cost of prison, jail, probation and parole in each of the 50 states, and provides a blueprint for states to cut both crime and spending by reallocating prison expenses to fund stronger supervision of the large number of offenders in the community. Click here to read the report.
Rethinking Reentry: rethinkingreentry.blogspot.com is the Upper Manhattan Reentry Task Force's blog chronicling the way that city and state agencies, community-based entities, and academic partners are enhancing the process of return from prison to community in Upper Manhattan.
Remember to visit Past Resources of the Weekfor highlighted reports, toolkits, and training materials from the past year.
Assessing the Need for Skill Development in the Field of Prisoner Reentry: With assistance from the New York City Discharge Planning Collaboration’s Training Institute Workgroup, the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has constructed a survey to assess the interest in developing a certificate course/program in issues related to prisoner reentry. Your responses will greatly assist in determining the demand and need for skill development in the field of reentry, and will help develop a program that meets the field’s needs. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and should take no longer than 15 minutes. Click here to take survey.
Survey on Reentry and Second Chance Act: Program directors and staff from transitional and reentry agencies/organizations are needed for a survey on trends in program offerings that may aid in successful reentry. Dr. Dani McKinney and her research lab from SUNY - Fredonia is researching which programs and services are currently being offered within each transitional and reentry agency/organization. In addition to questions about current programming and services, the survey asks for opinions about their agency/organization’s specific mission in their respective communities, and opinions about barriers they see to successful reentry. If you are interested in participating in our research project, click here to see survey. For more information, contact Reentry.Research@fredonia.edu
*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*
Drop the Rock Coalition Meeting: On March 10 2009, Drop the Rock delivered over 30,000 signed petitions calling for the full repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws to New York's three key political leaders on a stage in front of over 300 representatives of our grassroots coalition, most of whom have been directly affected by incarceration and addiction. Please join us for our next coalition meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 6PM at the Correctional Association. For more information contact caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York Reentry Roundtable: The Community Service Society(CSS) presents it's monthly roundtable series on the issues affecting the formerly incarcerated as they reenter the community. Join guest speaker Alexandra H. Smith, a Soros Justice Fellow from the Mental Health Project at Urban Justice Center to discuss the impact of Segregated Housing Units (SHU) and the many treatment alternatives available for people with psychiatric disabilities. The event will be held on March 18 at 1PM at CSS. For more information, contact Gabriel Torres-Rivera at email@example.com
Second Chance Act Grant Webinar: Guidance for State, Local Government and Indian Tribe Applicants: The Council of State Governments Justice Center is conducting a free webinar to help potential applicants respond to the Second Chance Act Section 101 solicitation for state and local reentry demonstration projects the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice. The webinar will feature Dr. Gary Dennis, BJA Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections, who will explain the solicitation and application process, and answer common questions. (The grant application deadline is April 20, 2009.)
Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters: Demos, the Community Service Society, and the National Institute for Latino Policy are proud to host a conversation with the authors of the newly published Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters. Demos Senior Fellow Lorraine Minnite, along with co-authors Margaret Groarke and Frances Fox Piven, will speak about the evolution of new tactics to suppress the vote, some of which adopt the mantle of "election reform." The event will be held on March 26 at 5:30PM at Demos. Click here to RSVP or contact Jinny Khanduja at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.389.1399.
Occasional Series on Reentry Research: The March 2009 Occasional Series on Reentry Research will feature Professor Alfred Blumstein and Doctoral Candidate Kiminori Nakamura from Carnegie Mellon University to share their new research, "Redemption in the Presence of Widespread Criminal Background Checks." This research explores the impact that time from the point of an individual's offense plays in his/her redemption during an age of increased criminal background checks. For more information, contact Amelia Thompson at email@example.com or 212.484.1399
A Woman's Work - Fundraising Dance Party for the Women's Prison Association: The Women's Prison Association (WPA) invites you to its fundraising party with performances by Hip Hop icons Naughty By Nature and celebrity DJ's D-Nice and DJ Cassidy. The event will be held on March 18, 2009 at South Paw - 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn. For more information, contact WPA at 646-336-6100.
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