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October 2014 Resource Updates and Highlights

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*Resource Highlights*

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Agreement with Party City To End Discrimination In Hiring Based On Criminal Records - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement today with Party City, a national retailer employing nearly 5,000 people in 49 stores across New York State.  The settlement will ensure that the company complies with state laws prohibiting discrimination against individuals with criminal records.  Under the terms of the agreement, Party City will no longer automatically disqualify individuals with felony convictions from advancing in the company.


Connections 2014: A guide for formerly incarcerated people in New York City - The purpose of Connections is to help match pre-release and recently released prisoners with helpful resources available to them in New York City. Every agency listed in Connections has been personally contacted in order to provide current and relevant information. Where listings could not be verified by phone, the organization websites were accessed to cull basic program and contact information.


Voices From the Box: Solitary Confinement at Rikers Island Voices From the Box: Solitary Confinement at Rikers Island chronicles the day-to-day suffering and abuse experienced by 59 Bronx Defenders clients held in solitary confinement between July 2013 and August 2014. The goal of the report is to bring the voices of individuals who have experienced solitary confinement firsthand into the conversation regarding reforms to this practice. Although The Bronx Defenders’ ultimate recommendation is for the Department of Correction to end the use of solitary confinement, the report includes a number of intermediate reforms that the Department can implement in the meantime.
Education from the Inside Out Video Diaries CampaignEducation from the Inside Out has created a 10-week series of dramatizations about the struggles and triumphs of individuals, impacted by the criminal justice system, who are trying to access higher education. Though fictional, the following accounts detail real-world hurdles placed before them by the application process of many colleges and universities.

Strengthening New York City’s Public Housing: Directions for Change - The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) manages 179,000 apartment units, making it the city's largest landlord. Thanks to a decade of starvation funding from Washington, deteriorating living conditions, and declining city and state support, NYCHA may also now qualify as the city's worst landlord. This report closely examines the factors that have contributed to NYCHA's decline, and argues for a sustained preservation plan to ensure a positive future for what was once the nation's premier housing authority.



Visit Reentry Net/NY Issue Modules: Padilla Compliance Guide | People's GuideEmployment & Licensing Housing | Discharge Planning - These modules serve as a starting point for accessing the resources available on Reentry Net, and direct users 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.

*Upcoming Events*

10/25: New York Crimes & Immigration Seminar: An Advanced CLE for Immigration and Criminal PractitionersJoin IDP and NIP-NLG at their  annual seminar for immigration and criminal defense attorneys led by national expert faculty Manny Vargas, Dan Kesselbrenner, Dawn Seibert, Andrew Wachtenheim, Alisa Wellek, and Sejal Zota. This program is presented by the Immigrant Defense Project and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, with support from the New York State Defenders Association and NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.

1. Using Moncrieffe, Descamps, & Matter of Chairez-Castrejon: Latest Developments in the Categorical Approach
2. Updates in Crime of Violence Analysis
3. Mitigating Immigration Impact of Drug Offenses
4. Padilla-Based Post-Conviction Relief after Chaidez, Sylvain, & Baret


10/30: Prison Law 2014 - Tamar Kraft-Stolar - Director, Women in Prison Project, Correctional Association of New York Alexander A. Reinert - Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Join PLI's Webcast of Prison Law 2014 on October 30, 2014 and learn about the legal framework for civil litigation filed on behalf of incarcerated people across the country. Experienced faculty will discuss women in prison, including legal issues that arise for these women, the role of gender and gender identity in prisons, and client-based issues and non-litigation advocacy reforms. By watching this Webcast program, advocates will learn how to better navigate this frequently complex and challenging legal environment.

Key Topics Will Include:

Failure to Protect/Conditions of Confinement
Excessive Force
Ethical Issues in Prison Actions
Solitary Confinement



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