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*Two Successful Advocacy Days on Reentry Issues*
Both the Coalition for Women’s Prisoners and the New York Reentry Roundtable gathered in Albany this month for annual Advocacy Days. Hundreds of formerly incarcerated people, advocates, service providers, students, faith leaders, and others promoted policies that protect the rights of incarcerated women and overcome counter-productive barriers to Reentry. The coalitions supported legislation on employment and restoration of rights, higher education, family connections and other critical issues. For more information, see the Reentry Roundtable's legislative agenda(PDF) and press coverage of the Coalition.
Financial Consequences of Conviction: Chart prepared by the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School provides a summary of the financial consequences that people who are in the process of re-entry or have been convicted of crimes may encounter. The chart includes specific ranges of money allowed by law to be levied for a particular fine, fee or surcharge and the possible consequences of leaving those debts unpaid. It also includes information regarding the consequences of non-payment of restitution and child support. Click here to view the chart.
Decision in Appellate Division, First Department Reversing Department of Education Application of Article 23-A and Court's Denial of Petitioner's Article 78 Challenge: Decision in case brought by MFY Legal Services, supported by Amicus Brief jointy filed by the Community Service Society of New York and other organizations. The Appellate Division reversed the denial after weighing the factors established in Article 23-A of the Correction Law, including the seriousness of Petitioner's offense, her age at the time of the offense, the length of time passed since the offense, her evidence of rehabilitation, and the risks posed by her past convictions. Click here to read the decision.
Preliminary Report of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions: Report looks at 53 cases of wrongful convictions and identifies six root causes as primary factors responsible for the wrongful convictions. The report makes specific recommendations for necessary changes to eliminate these causes. Click here to read the report.
Mothers, Infants and Imprisonment: New report by Women's Prison Association on the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S, which allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a period of time. The report also surveys community-based residential parenting programs, which allow women to serve criminal justice sentences with their infants in a non-prison setting. Click here to read the report
How to Create a Blog for Your Reentry Task Force: Factsheet by Center for Court Innovation on how to create a blog for communication and outreach. The resource is targeted to reentry task forces, but the principles could be applied to any group of stakeholders working on a public sector issue. Click here to see factsheet and visit the Rethinking Reentry blog for more resources.
*Upcoming Events & Opportunities*
Last Chance to Complete Survey on 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.
Day Conference on Safe Injection Facilities of New York: The conference sponsored by Injection Drug Users Health Alliance and International Center for Advancement of Addiction Treatment reflects the many facets of the implementation of Safe Injection Facilities(SIF) in New York. The practice, the consumers, the politics, and the research of SIFs will be presented, and the implementation of SIFs under US law will be discussed. The conference will also include performances by National Slam Poetry finalists. The event is free and will be held on May 22 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Please RSVP with name & affiliation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Panel Discussion: Legal and Practical Consequences of a Sex Offender Adjudication: Panel discussion sponsored by the Corrections Committee at the New York City Bar Association will advise lawyers of the many civil consequences of sex offender adjudication and discuss the hurdles faced when sex offenders return to society, including housing restrictions, employment barriers, registration requirements and parole restrictions, and possible civil commitment. The panel will be held on June 1st at 6PM at the NYC Bar Association and is free and open to the public.
Achieving Their Promise: Children of Incarcerated Parents: In partnership with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, John Jay College invites you to attend the upcoming symposium to address issues affecting children of incarcerated parents and public and private resources available to them. The event will be held on June 4th. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sharon Robinson at email@example.com or 212.676.8227.
Social Worker - The Bronx Defenders: The Bronx Defenders, a nationally recognized community public defender for its model of holistic legal intervention is seeking thoughtful and dedicated masters level social workers to advocate for clients who are involved in the criminal justice system. Alongside lawyers and investigators, social workers advocate on behalf of clients in and out of the courtroom.
Director of the Office of Ex-Offender Affairs, Washington DC: The Mayor of Washington, D.C. is hiring a Director of the Office of Ex-Offender Affairs to provide broad policy guidance on the formerly incarcerated population in the District of Columbia by performing work in support of the office.
Remember to visit Reentry Net for full calendar listings and new job opportunities!