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*Petition to Save Prisoner Legal Services of New York*
Prisoner Legal Services (PLS) is distributing a petition calling on Governor Cuomo to include funding for PLS in the executive budget and provide critical support needed to continue its work for incarcerated individuals on issues surrounding their conditions of confinement. Click here to sign the petition.
Appellate Division Remands Department of Education Decision to Deny Certification Based on Criminal Record: Decision by the First Department finds that Department of Education (DOE) did not give petitioners the opportunity to review and respond to the information found in its investigation as required by Chancellor's Regulation C-105 prior to rejecting their application. The decision remands the petitioners' applications to the DOE to give the petitioners an opportunity to review the information upon which DOE's determinations were based and to submit statements and documents.
Time's Up for New York Prisons: Proposals to Close Prisons, Cut Costs, and Build Communities: Time's Up for New York Prisons presents the statewide advocacy agenda of the Correctional Association of New York's Drop the Rock Campaign. The policy paper outlines six major strategies for reducing incarceration, saving critically needed tax dollars and reinvesting constructively in New York's under-resourced communities. The proposal includes closing underutilized prisons; full repeal of Rockefeller Drug Laws; restoring work release; reforming Parole practices; and expanding Merit Time eligibility.
The Elected Official's Toolkit for Jail Reentry: Guide by the Urban Institute provides useful information and resources for local elected officials interested in launching or expanding a jail reentry initiative. The Toolkit includes an overview of jail reentry, first steps for developing a context-appropriate jail reentry initiative, essential facts and data to engage stakeholders, sample legislation, profiles of elected officials who have championed jail reentry, and a guide to additional resources.
Children on the Outside: Voicing the Pain and Human Costs of Parental Incarceration: New report by Justice Strategies uncovers the devastating impact of parental incarceration on youth and the broader community and points to smart approaches to reduce prison populations and assist children. The report provides expert analysis and first-hand accounts of the harm experienced by some of the 1.7 million minor children with a parent in prison, a population that has grown with the explosion of the U.S. prison population.
Visit Reentry Net/NY Issue Modules: Reentry Net has launched two modules on Employment & Licensing and Housing. Along with our module for Discharge Planners, these serve as a starting point to ensure that users take advantage of all the resources available on Reentry Net/NY. The modules direct users looking for specific issues to the most useful and frequently accessed resources from the Library.
Remember to visit our Monthly Mailing Archive for highlighted reports, toolkits, and training materials from the past year.
Sixth Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America: The sixth annual John Jay College of Criminal Justice symposium by focuses on America’s courts and their increasingly critical role in advancing or standing in the way of criminal justice change. The two-day event will be held on January 31 and February 1. Click here for more information or to register.
Prisoners Are People Too! Community Education Meeting: Monthly meetings include documentary films and guest speakers discussing criminal justice and prison issues. The event will be held on January 31st at 6:30 PM. For more information, contact Karima Amin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-834-8438.
Coalition for Parole Restoration Incarcerated Family Support Group: Do you have questions about visitation, tickets, appeals? Is your loved one going to the parole board and needs assistance preparing or do you just need someone to talk to about having a loved one in prison? Join the Coalition for Parole Restoration(CPR) at the monthly incarcerated family support group meeting to learn more and to share your stories. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday February 8th at 6PM. Contact CPR at email@example.com or 888-590-9212
A Nationwide Examination of Corrections and Public Safety through a Geographic Lens: This panel sponsored by the Prisoner Reentry Institute features a discussion of the National Justice Atlas, a new online research and policy tool that maps residential patterns of criminal justice involvement. Eric Cadora of the Justice Mapping Center will lead the presentation and panelists will discuss how the Atlas can be used to improve policymaking and public service delivery among communities with high concentrations of populations with involvement in the justice system. The panel will be held on February 10 at 9:30 am. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
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