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The Path Ahead for Rikers: Crisis, Challenges, and the Path

The Path Ahead for Rikers: Crisis, Challenges, and the Path to Closure
Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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Format: In-Person

Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Members
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Though the City of New York is officially committed to the Close Rikers Plan Rikers remains in crisis now.  People continue to die in city jails and the conditions required to implement the closure of Rikers cannot be met without significant policy changes.  Even under the best of circumstances, closure is years away.  Join us to hear from a panel of experts as they discuss: the current conditions at Rikers, steps that can be taken to address the immediate crisis, whether a federal receiver be appointed over the Department of Corrections, and what the path forward is to achieve safety for those incarcerated in New York City’s jails.

Andre Ward, Associate Vice President, David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy 
Jeremy Travis, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures and former President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 
Sarena Townsend, Head of TMU Law’s Civil Rights Litigation Practice and former DOC Deputy Commissioner of the Intelligence, Investigation & Trials Division
Wesley Caines, Deputy Executive Director, Bronx Defenders, Board Member, Correctional Association of New York
Comptroller Brad Lander, Comptroller of the City of New York


Vincent Southerland, Professor, NYU School of Law 

Sponsoring Committee:
Corrections & Community Reentry, Stephanie Holmes & Alexis Flyer, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Criminal Courts, Carola Beeney & Anna Cominsky, Co-Chairs
Criminal Justice Operations, Benjamin Wiener, Chair
Mass Incarceration Task Force, Sarah Berger & Jullian Harris-Calvin, Co-Chairs
Criminal Advocacy, Adam Miller, Chair
Civil Rights, Kevin Eli Jason & Kathleen Rubenstein, Co-Chairs

Related Reports:
Rikers Island Must Be Closed
Closing Rikers Island: Support for Borough-Based Jail Plan
The Human Rights Crisis at Rikers Island: A Call to Action For All Justice System Stakeholders
Letter to Mayor Adams Regarding Recommendations for Combating Mass Incarceration in NYC
Addressing Rikers Island Crisis: Recommendations to NYC District Attorneys
A Pathway Out of Mass Incarceration And Towards a New Criminal Justice System: Recommendations for the New York State Legislature
Report in Support of the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act
New York City Must Lead to Protect People in Jails During COVID-19 Crisis: Letter to Mayor de Blasio

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