While there is significant momentum in the movement against mass incarceration across the country – bail reform, jail closures, prison reduction – a crucial part of the conversation has received less attention: parole reform.
For many incarcerated New Yorkers in the state, path home for many is fraught. In addition to dealing with everyday stressors associated with returning home to their communities, incarcerated people have to navigate an opaque parole hearing process followed by many onerous conditions of parole, if and once it’s granted.
In 2018, advocates focused on the closure of Rikers Island identified that people incarcerated for violations of parole conditions are the only growing jail population and represent a barrier to closing Rikers Island. Currently, community-based groups and advocates on the ground are working hard to push critical policy and legislative reform to address the parole hearing and violation processes to increase the number of people released from prison and reduce the cycle of reincarceration.
Please join us for a briefing meeting on Parole Hearing and Revocation Reforms. Seating is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first served basis. There will be an opportunity for people to join the conversation by phone.
- The process and context of parole and how it functions
- The proposals for NYS parole hearing and revocation reforms and their potential impacts
- What to expect in the next legislative session according to some of the leading advocates
- Both immediate funding needs for policy and legislative advocacy as well as implementation needs if legislative bills pass
- What funders are doing currently and how they can provide additional support
- Michelle Lewin, Executive Director, Parole Preparation Project
- Emily NaPier Singletary, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Unchained
- Tyler Nims, Executive Director, Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform
- Jose Saldana, Director, Release Aging People in Prison Campaign
- Imogen Carr (Moderator), Advisor, Jail Reduction Strategies, Open Society Foundations
Prachi Patankar (Moderator), Program Director, Social Justice Program, J.M. Kaplan Fund
All interested funders.
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Check-in
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Program
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