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Applause For And Some Thoughts On The Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

08/03/15

“As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities,” the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) on Friday launched the Pell Pilot program. According…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of August 3, 2015

08/01/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Formerly Incarcerated Activist Leads Organization To Mobilize Hearts And Minds For Decarceration Despite the challenges, Glenn E. Martin, former director of The Fortune…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

08/01/15

August 12 Vera Institute Of Justice Summer Film Series: Award-Winning Documentary “STOP” + Q&A With Director Spencer Wolff For the past several years, stop and frisk in New York City has been front-page news. It has stirred passions, sown division, inspired…Read More

SAVE THE DATE: The 2015 Fortune Society Fall Benefit Honoring BRYAN STEVENSON

07/30/15

To purchase your tickets now click here. To purchase tables and/or ask questions please contact Raven Abreu at 347.510.3448 or email rabreu@fortunesociety.org.

A Response To President Obama’s Criminal Justice Proposals

07/28/15

On July 13, President Obama used his Executive Power to grant clemency to 46 people convicted of non-violent offenses. This is a step in the right direction for criminal justice reform, as was his visit to a federal prison, and…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/28/15

July 28-August 3 The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship Is Accepting Applications Does your organization advocate for policy change? Are you interested in hosting a graduate student to contribute to your policy advocacy work? The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship, which is…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 27, 2015

07/28/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Violence At Rikers Island Is Highest In More Than A Decade Despite Thousands Of Fewer Inmates This has been the bloodiest year behind…Read More

5 Steps To Becoming “Job-Ready” With A Criminal Justice Background

07/20/15

What makes a person “job-ready?” Many would think just having a resume, a bright smile, and the willingness to work is all you need to be job-ready. But, in truth, it requires much more. In today’s economy — where the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 20, 2015

07/18/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Education from the Inside Out Coalition Praises President Clinton for Admitting Past Mistakes; Citing Importance Of In-Prison Education The Education from the Inside…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/18/15

September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4 Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing Continuing Education Course This intensive introduction to restorative justice will blend examples from theory and practice…Read More

Fortune Donates Archives, Makes Them Accessible To All

07/13/15

The story of The Fortune Society’s origin — from David Rothenberg’s off-Broadway production of “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” in 1967 — is well-documented in countless news stories and reminiscences, including David’s 2012 memoir, Fortune in My Eyes.  However, the history…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/13/15

September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4 Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing Continuing Education Course This intensive introduction to restorative justice will blend examples from theory and practice…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 13, 2015

07/13/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Stung By Abuses At Rikers, New York City Acts On Bail Reform But The New Program Would Not Have Helped Kalief Browder Mayor de…Read More

Put Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Budget To Good Use For Fortune Clients

07/05/15

Sharing the sentiment of Phillip Saperia, CEO of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, I believe that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Executive Budget, that extends funding for mental health and social services programs, will be greatly appreciated — both by…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/05/15

July 8 The Bronx Defenders Annual Community Block Party The Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children, community members, and our clients to enjoy free food, music, and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 6, 2015

07/05/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Glenn Martin’s “Prison-Like” White House Experience After criminal justice advocate — and former Fortune VP — Glenn Martin — was nearly denied access to a…Read More

Creative Arts at The Fortune Society

06/27/15

To this day, we remain deeply rooted in the arts – recognizing the critical need for creative expression and artistic outlets for our clients.To read the full report, click here.    

Mass Incarceration & Aging In Prison: A Stain On The Archives Of American History

06/27/15

[This article is reprinted from the May issue of FORTUNE NEWS which focuses on “Aging And The Criminal Justice System.”] When it comes to incarceration in this country, many of our elected officials have been driving policy while under the influence….Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/27/15

July 8 The Bronx Defenders Annual Community Block Party The Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children, community members, and our clients to enjoy free food, music, and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 29, 2015

06/27/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– New York City Settles Suit Over Abuses At Rikers Island NYC has agreed to a settlement in the long-running legal battle over abuses…Read More

Fortune’s Alternatives To Incarceration (ATI) Program: Giving Individuals A Second Chance

06/22/15

This past month, on May 14, The Fortune Society — along with other New York Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition members — attended a rally to encourage city leaders to continue growing the funding for alternatives to incarceration (ATI) programs across…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/22/15

June 25 2015 College Initiative Graduation Celebration Please join us to celebrate the amazing achievements of our graduates and to share in their inspirational success. We will be serving dinner, so please be sure to RSVP. If you plan on…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 22, 2015

06/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Fortune’s Ronald Day Comments On City Council Passing The Fair Chance Act “The Fortune Society applauds the City Council for passing one of…Read More

Our Founder David Rothenberg to be honored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation!

06/17/15

As featured in Off the Grid on June 5th, 2015 Offrothenberg the Grid is highlighting the winners of the 2015 Village Awards in the lead up to the June 17th Annual Meeting & Award Ceremony. Previous entries include Barbara Shaum and…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/13/15

June 15 What Difference Do Friends Make? Toward A Network Approach To Social Reintegration: Prison-Forged Social Ties And Network Inequality Among Reentering Men Mass incarceration in the United States has given rise to an urgent need to understand better how…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 15, 2015

06/12/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– New York City Council Passes “Fair Chance Act!” Last week, NYC became the largest city in the nation to adopt a fair chance hiring…Read More

2015 LGBTQ Pride Celebrations: Yesterday’s Struggle, Today’s Heritage

06/12/15

It was during the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, and The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg was sitting in his apartment on Christopher Street witnessing what some have called the watershed moment of the gay rights movement. “I watched…Read More

YOU’RE INVITED! JUNE 16: The Fortune Society’s 1st Annual DRCPP Media

06/12/15

To RSVP please email rabreu@fortunesociety.org.

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/06/15

June 11 Vera Summer Film Series: “The House I Live In” The Vera Institute of Justice invites you to join us for the first installment of our summer film series, a screening of the award-winning Eugene Jarecki documentary, “The House…Read More

Reducing HIV By Lowering Burden Of Incarceration For Young Men

06/06/15

The Fortune Society’s Stanley Richards and Advisory Board Member Bob Fullilove served on the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which Governor Cuomo convened after endorsing the groundbreaking Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York. Stanley and Bob were…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 8, 2015

06/06/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Who Runs Rikers? The Rule Says No Solitary For Kids. The Staff Finds A Loophole. In January, NYC’s Board of Correction, which monitors conditions…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 1, 2015

06/01/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– EPA Provides Nearly $200,000 For Green Job Training Of Formerly Incarcerated People The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded The Fortune Society a…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/01/15

June 4-6 Join the FORTUNE SOCIETY at the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Third Annual Festival Of Legislative Theatre: Inside/Outside For the second year in a row, FORTUNE will be involved in the Legislative Theater Festival for the Theater of…Read More

Fortune’s Green Program Grads: Successfully Building And Rebuilding Our Communities

06/01/15

The Fortune’s Society’s footprint extends far beyond our mission of “strengthening the fabric of our communities.” Did you know that many of Fortune’s Green Program graduates are also making our communities better places to live and raise healthy families? Within…Read More

Stanley Richards Is Appointed To NYC Board Of Corrections

05/28/15

On May 27, the NYC Council confirmed Stanley Richards to be a member of the NYC Board of Corrections (BOC). He serves on the BOC as the first formerly incarcerated individual appointed by the City Council. He will lend his first-hand…Read More

Alternatives-To-Incarceration (ATI) Programs Aim To Reduce Over-Reliance On Prisons/Jails

05/22/15

Using Alternatives-To-Incarceration (ATI) programs serves our collective communities far better than jails and prisons as a crime-fighting, community-healing, and personal-accountability strategy. In 1964, the nation heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. make his most famous speech, “I Have A Dream.”…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 25, 2015

05/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– CEO Corner: JoAnne Page NYN Media sat down with JoAnne page, president and CEO of the Fortune Society, to get her take on…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/22/15

 May 27 New York Reentry Roundtable: The Struggles Of Reentry Barry Campbell, the Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Fortune Society, will be the guest. New York Reentry Roundtable: The Struggles Of Reentry Wed., May 27 1-3…Read More

Breaking The Silence Around The “Silent Epidemic” Of Hep C

05/18/15

On May 14, many people — including program participants — converged on the steps of City Hall to raise awareness of the significant impact and value of alternatives to incarceration (ATI) and reentry programs. That same day, advocates gathered on the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 18, 2015

05/18/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– The Fortune Society Hosts Its Annual Spring Soiree On Tues., May 12, Examiner.com joined hundreds of young philanthropists to raise awareness and support…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/18/15

May 13 Education From The Inside Out Working Group Meeting Gaining employment that pays a living wage is nearly impossible without a degree. This is one of the great American contradictions we want a citizenry that is educated but unwilling…Read More

Fortune Honors Michael K. Williams at our 2015 Spring Soiree

05/14/15

On Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, we had our fifth annual Spring Soiree at the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Our honoree this year was Michael K. Williams, award-winning actor, most famously known for his role of Omar in The…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/09/15

May 12 Saving New Yorkers Money By Turning On The Tap For Learning As the Education from the Inside Out Coalition prepares for the May 12th release of its newest report “TURNING ON THE TAP: How Returning Access to Tuition…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 11, 2015

05/09/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Fortune’s Stanley Richards: Barriers To Getting Work After Prison Remain The formerly incarcerated face many challenges as they try to re-establish themselves,…Read More

West Point Cadets “Give Back” To Fortune

05/09/15

The relationship between Company A1 of the United States Military Academy at West Point and The Fortune Society was initially forged in the early months of 2014. At that time, the future Company TAC Officer for A1 was working on a…Read More

Our Senior VP, Stanley Richards on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

05/09/15

On May 8th, 2015, our Senior Vice President, Stanley Richards was a guest on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick to discuss incarceration and the journey afterwards. Listen to the full interview by clicking the play button below.

Helping Communities Break The Cycle And Regain Their Power

05/03/15

I dropped out of high school in the 9th grade. A substantial number of teenagers in my poor community dropped out, too. Despite our limited knowledge of educational standards, we knew that the schools in our community were low-quality. It…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 4, 2015

05/02/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– De Blasio On City Council Decriminalization Proposal: I Agree With NYPD’s Bratton On “Broken Windows” Speaking about a City Council plan to decriminalize…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/02/15

May 7 Webinar: Transforming Men And Boys To End Violence Against Women Please join us for this Webinar discussion which is brought to you by Defending Childhood in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Futures Without…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/26/15

April 27-April 30 The Fortune Arts Festival The annual, week-long celebration of the creativity and the imagination of Fortune’s participants and partners. Includes visual arts, theater, music, digital media, spoken word, and more! The Fortune Arts Festival Mon., April 27-Thurs.,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 27, 2015

04/26/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– The Fortune Society To Honor “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams At 2015 Spring Soiree The Fortune Society will honor actor Michael K. Williams from…Read More

Our Founder, David Rothernberg’s Open Letter To Seth Rogen …

04/19/15

This past week, I sat in a classroom at The Fortune Society with a group of young men and women in their late teens and early 20s. All had been arrested. Most had done some jail time. The conversation that…Read More

Fortune Arts Festival

04/19/15

For more information, contact John Runowicz at 347-510-3435 or e-mail jrunowicz@fortunesociety.org.

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/19/15

April 27-April 30 The Fortune Arts Festival The annual, week-long celebration of the creativity and the imagination of Fortune’s participants and partners. Includes visual arts, theater, music, digital media, spoken word, and more! The Fortune Arts Festival Mon., April 27-Thurs.,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 20, 2015

04/19/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Opinion: A College Education For Prisoners In a Letter to the Editor, Fortune Society senior VP Stanley Richards talks about being in…Read More

Creative Expression Leads To Healthier Minds And Bodies

04/19/15

I want to relate to you three short experiences I had at The Fortune Society recently. First, I observed a class we have in the Fortune Education Dept. on video animation. I listened to two students discuss what a conversation…Read More

Access To Higher Ed: An Enigma For Students With Criminal Records

04/14/15

When we think of reforming our criminal-justice system, we often focus on helping people transition from prison to the community, on securing employment and housing, and on providing  greater access to substance abuse and mental health counseling services, as all…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 13, 2015

04/11/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Clergy Group Presses de Blasio On Police Reform One of the city’s most prominent religious leaders is warning Mayor Bill de Blasio…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/11/15

April 13-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society Cordially Invites You to Our Spring Soiree!

04/07/15

Our Junior Committee and Co-chairs, Luke Weil, John Forte, Louise Tabbiner, Katherine Keating, Dee Dee Sides and Ben Bronfman presents our Spring Soiree 2015. Our honoree will be Micheal K. Williams. To purchase tickets/tables click here.

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 6, 2015

04/04/15

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Fortune Society Receives $190K In New Grants Formerly incarcerated individuals will now have increased access to The Fortune Society’s robust network…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/04/15

April 2 Race And The Criminal Justice System: Political Prisoners, Resistance, And Mass Incarceration — Part II Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full lineup of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about…Read More

Fortune’s BLC: Addressing The Trauma Of Clients And Reducing Its Symptoms

04/04/15

A formal diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), when being treated in a clinical environment, must meet specific criteria as defined in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V). Generally, this diagnosis involves exposure to actual…Read More

The Beautiful Thing About Participatory Budgeting

03/29/15

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a civic engagement tool that brings people together to share ideas about local capital improvements, and then they work with each other and their government officials to prioritize the projects that matter most. Finally, they vote…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 30, 2015

03/29/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Opinion: New Rules For Rikers Commenting on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to combat violence on Rikers, Fortune president JoAnne Page writes “there should be concern about…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/29/15

March 30-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society Presents Cooking Demonstrations

03/20/15

Please join us at Castle Gardens for our weekly cooking demonstrations.  Presented by Just Food Community Chef Margaret Schehl, demonstrations use fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and are held in the lobby of Castle Gardens, part of our residential and service…Read More

Fortune’s Michelle Diaz – “The Hat Changer” – Named To Annie E. Casey Youth Advisory Council

03/20/15

Fortune Society clients who are now allowed to wear their hats inside the Agency can thank Michelle Diaz who was instrumental in changing the “no hats” rule that had been in place for many years. Michelle, who has never been…Read More

Traveling To Upstate New York – And Back In Time 26 Years

03/20/15

I often wonder — even after so many years — why I still get a funny feeling in my stomach when I’m traveling to upstate New York. After all, my purpose for this trip is a lot different from the…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/20/15

March 23-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 23, 2015

03/20/15

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– NYPD Poised To Create Special Unit To Investigate Officer-Involved Shootings The NYPD is poised to create a new squad dedicated to…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/16/15

March 16-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 16, 2015

03/16/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Opinion: Rikers Island Is Still Fucked, And It’s Terrifying To Fortune Society VP Stanley Richards, the “culture of violence” at Rikers “is an…Read More

Fortune Supports Making Healthy Food Choices

03/16/15

The Fortune Society understands that it is nearly impossible to build a better future if your basic needs aren’t being met. In 2011, we worked with a group of students from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service to determine that…Read More

You Can Judge A Society By How Well It Treats People In Its Prisons

03/09/15

Frederick Douglass — the social reformer, orator, and former slave — once said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In no place is this truer today than in our jails and prisons. We have given birth to a system…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/08/15

March 9-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 9, 2015

03/08/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Ben Carson Says Being Gay Is A Choice, Citing Prison Example Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said…Read More

Proving That All Our Stories Matter

03/02/15

Proving That All Our Stories Matter The Fortune Society opened its Media Workshop in 2009 motivated by the conviction that all our stories matter and that we all matter to our unfolding shared communal history. We are all called upon…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/01/15

March 2-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 2, 2015

03/01/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray Discusses the Challenges of Finding Effective Mental Health Services And the Intersection of Mental Health and Criminal…Read More

Successful Supportive Reentry Housing: Two Success Stories

02/22/15

The Fortune Society’s two housing programs play an important role in helping to reduce homelessness, recidivism, and chronic hospitalization. One program — the Scatter-Site Housing Program (SSHP) — provides housing and supportive case management for 137 formerly incarcerated men and…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 23, 2015

02/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ——— The Bad Cop Database: A Radical New Idea For Keeping Tabs On Police Misconduct The largest organization of public defenders in the…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/22/15

February 23-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

Lifting Every Voice

02/16/15

  I sat in the audience recently at the Johnson Center in Harlem listening to NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito lay out a progressive agenda for NYC. The Speaker’s address was fittingly entitled “Lifting Every Voice.” As a representative of…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/16/15

February 16-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 16, 2015

02/16/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Cop Involved In Fatal Shooting Of Akai Gurley Has Been Indicted On Manslaughter Charges Rookie cop Peter Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand…Read More

New Commentary by Our Board Member Marty Horn

02/09/15

Posted on The Crime Report By: Marty Horn Date: 02.05.2015 Read full article here A Jail Where ‘Prisoners Don’t Matter’ Most of us are familiar with the saying, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” A similar sentiment…Read More

Fortune’s BLC Meets A Dire Need

02/09/15

The Fortune Society’s Better Living Center (BLC), an Article 31 clinic operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, opened in 2011 to specifically meet the mental health needs of individuals and families with current and previous criminal…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 9, 2015

02/09/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe A report on the growth of court fees that are charged to often-impoverished…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/09/15

February 23 Young Men Of Color And The Other Side Of Harm: Addressing Disparities In Our Response To Violence As the challenges facing young men of color rightfully move to the forefront of public discourse on equity and opportunity, the…Read More

Fortune Thanks All Its Supporters

02/02/15

The Fortune Society is supported by over 1,900 individuals who realize the importance of our work. 2014 was a banner year for our fund-raising and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters. Whether it was…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/02/15

  February 4 Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement: Strategies for Success In the wake of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the burgeoning #blacklivesmatter movement, the campaign to improve black male achievement has become more urgent than ever. This webinar…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 2, 2015

02/02/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. State Panel Rips Rikers Staff In Gruesome Death Of Diabetic, Mentally Ill Inmate The NYS Commission of Correction wants a federal probe into…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 19, 2015

01/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Raise New York Criminal Age To 18, No Teens In Adult Jail Gov. Cuomo will submit legislation incorporating recommendations made by a juvenile justice panel,…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/22/15

January 28 Parole Prep Basics: New York State’s Unjust Parole System And What Advocates And Attorneys Can Do About It The National Lawyers Guild — New York City Chapter’s Mass Incarceration and Anti-Racism Committees — present Mujahid Farid of Release Aging…Read More

I-CAN Works To Reduce Recidivism

01/22/15

By Yolanda Morales Senior Director of Health and Transitional Services The Fortune Society The I-CAN (Individualized Correction Achievement Network) program is an innovative, jail-based community reentry program whose goal it is to reduce recidivism by 10% among men and women…Read More

Our Board Member, Marty Horn, Writes About “Fixing Rikers Island”

01/21/15

Posted on The Marshall Project By: Marty Horn Date: 1.21.2015 Read full article here Fixing Rikers Island: A former corrections chief says critics are missing the point. New York City jails can be fixed. It will take time. It will take…Read More

Fortune Society Welcomes Ronald Day

01/20/15

Please join The Fortune Society in welcoming Ronald Day to Fortune as our new Associate Vice President, taking leadership of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP). Advocacy and community education on public policy is in Fortune’s bones –…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/17/15

January 28 Parole Prep Basics: New York State’s Unjust Parole System And What Advocates And Attorneys Can Do About It The National Lawyers Guild — New York City Chapter’s Mass Incarceration and Anti-Racism Committees — present Mujahid Farid of Release Aging…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 12, 2015

01/17/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society Gets $400K MRT Supportive Housing Grant Formerly incarcerated people who are homeless and suffer from chronic medical conditions will now have…Read More

Fortune Society Gets $400K MRT Supportive Housing Grant

01/15/15

Reported By: New York Nonprofit Press Publish Date: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Read full article on NYNP here.   Formerly incarcerated individuals who are homeless and suffer from chronic medical conditions will now have increased access to Fortune Society’s scatter-site housing…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/12/15

January 28 The Science Of Positive Youth Development: “Can Youth Justice Be Compatible With Science?” The Fortune Society’s Marlon Peterson will be one of the speakers at a youth justice symposium at John Jay College. The event will focus on the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 5, 2015

01/12/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: Black And Blue Lives Both Matter In an opinion piece, Fortune CEO JoAnne Page observes: “The entire country is grieving the lives of…Read More

The End Of Solitary For Teens On Rikers Island — A Step In The Right Direction

01/12/15

As a step in the right direction, Joseph Aponte, the NYC corrections commissioner, has decided to end the practice of solitary confinement for 16- and 17- year olds in NYC jails by the end of 2014. Just imagine that it…Read More

His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside

01/07/15

By: Sarah Rogers Published in the Daily Beast Publish Date: January 3rd, 2014 Read article in the Daily Beast here. Smartphones, the Internet, job-seeking. For prisoners released after decades behind bars, the modern world is difficult, confusing, and still better…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/06/15

January 28 Policy To Practice: Transformative Governance Strategies To Enhance Public Mental Health New York City is seeing a range of ambitious efforts to tackle important criminal justice and other issues through mental health solutions. This conference brings local, national,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 29, 2014

01/04/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Cuomo, Using Pardon Power, Gives Pair A “Second Chance” Gov. Cuomo has pardoned two men, saying each deserves “a second chance.” One went to Alvaro Khalil…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 22, 2014

12/26/14

 A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Gunman May Have Used Garner And Brown Cases To Justify Police Killings, Experts Say The portrait of Ismaaiyl Brinsley — who authorities say fatally shot…Read More

Another Reason Why Cases Like Akai Gurley and Eric Garner Should Matter to Us

12/22/14

Every year The Fortune Society welcomes and services over 5,000 returning citizens from incarceration. Some come from decades of incarceration while others seek alternatives to incarceration, and may have only spent a day or two in jail. As is often…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/21/14

January 22 State Of The (Queens) Borough Address The Honorable Melinda Katz cordially invites you to her first State Of The Borough Address. State Of The (Queens) Borough Address Thurs., Jan. 28 10 AM Colden Auditorium Queens College Kissena Blvd….Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 15, 2014

12/21/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society New Graduates Are Green With Knowledge While most grads put their caps and gowns on, the 20 men who completed the …Read More

How Do We Measure Our Impact?

12/15/14

This past week, Fortune initiated a new “outcomes measurement tool.” The Fortune Society has been successful for many years at keeping individuals from being re-incarcerated. Indeed, the Agency thought of the impact of its programs and initiatives in terms of its…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/15/14

December 15 Rough Justice: Media And The Realities Of Prison Life The Paley Center will look at how fiction and nonfiction programming has raised awareness of the realities of prison life and is helping to shape the debate on crucial…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/08/14

December 8 Guns & Domestic Violence: A Lethal Combination This landmark event will feature an expert presentation on federal and New York State gun laws to address domestic violence and pending state legislation designed to close loopholes. This will be…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 8, 2014

12/08/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Eric Garner’s Widow Denies Race Was Chokehold Motive The chokehold death of Eric Garner wasn’t “a black-and-white thing,” his widow said — a stunning…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 1, 2014

12/07/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: A Search For Justice In The Eric Garner Case The imbalance between Eric Garner’s fate on a Staten Island sidewalk and his supposed…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/02/14

December 1 The Fortune Society Hosts World AIDS Day Mini-Conference This event is in response to eliminating health and social disparities in the borough of Manhattan. Come for breakout sessions, networking, screening, healthy food demonstrations, tabling, and raffles, prizes, and…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 24, 2014

12/02/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Officer’s Errant Shot Kills Unarmed Brooklyn Man Two police officers entered the pitch-black 8th-floor stairwell of a building in a Brooklyn project, one…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

11/24/14

November 29 A FORTUNE EVENT: Fortune Fresh Farm Stand From 9 AM-3 PM through November at the corner of 145th St. and Edgecombe Ave. in Harlem outside of Jackie Robinson Park. For more information, click here. ——— December 1 The…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 17, 2014

11/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Rampant Use Of Solitary Confinement In The U.S. Constitutes Torture While the U.S. told the Committee Against Torture that federal law restricts the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 10, 2014

11/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Push To Bring Ex-Convicts And Families Together Lags More than a year after NYC started a program designed to reunite up to 150…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

11/17/14

November 17 Self-Determination Inside/Out Interference Archive presents a comprehensive exhibition and public program series featuring the cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies. Ranging from the Attica Rebellion to political prisoners, AIDS education to prisoners-as-laborers, the struggles of incarcerated…Read More

Fortune: Helping Rebuild Lives Affected by Domestic Violence

11/10/14

By Margo Nugent, Social Work Student at Columbia University  and an intern with DRCPP “I would take my jewelry off each night. The next morning, I could never find it. The jewelry was never where I left it. So I…Read More

Domestic Violence

11/07/14

Domestic violence is not a new concept; rather, it is one whose meaning has evolved over the course of the past several decades and continues to evolve today. Historically, domestic violence has been understood as an issue that affects women…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 3, 2014

11/07/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. California Just Became The First State To Defelonize Drug Use On Tuesday, Californians voted in favor of the criminal justice reform initiative that promised…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

11/07/14

November 10 The American Justice Summit This Summit is being presented in partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, alongside co-hosts: Neil Barsky, Harry Belafonte, Piper Kerman, Pamela Thomas-Graham, Jeffrey Toobin, Jeremy Travis and Darren Walker. The American…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/31/14

November 2 How One Play Saved Thousands Of Lives Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey interviews and hosts a Q+A with David Rothenberg, the founder of The Fortune Society. They will discuss the 1967 play “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” which…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 27, 2014

10/31/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society: Rental Complex In Queens Excludes Ex-Offenders A leading provider of social services for recently released prisoners is challenging a NYC landlord that,…Read More

Press Release: New Lawsuit Challenges Landlord’s Ban on Renting to Those With Criminal Records

10/31/14

NEW LAWSUIT CHARGES THAT A PRIVATE LANDLORD’S BLANKET BAN ON RENTING APARTMENTS TO PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL RECORD IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT Fortune Society’s federal lawsuit accuses Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp., Sarasota Gold LLC and…Read More

How One Play Saved Thousands Of Lives

10/30/14

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey interviews and hosts a Q+A with David Rothenberg, the founder of The Fortune Society. They will discuss the 1967 play “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” which led to the creation of the Fortune Society and…Read More

Help the Fortune Flyers make it to the finish line of the TCS NYC Marathon!

10/28/14

On Sunday, November 2, 2014, The Fortune Flyers will run for The Fortune Society in the TCS New York City Marathon. We provide essential services to individuals re-entering society after incarceration, as they face challenges that would test the most resilient among us.  Fortune’s holistic,…Read More

Fortune Food Program Participants Prepare Staff Breakfast

10/24/14

October 23rd, students from the Reading 2 class, with the help of Kristen Pederson and Kevin Neely, cooked a fantastic breakfast for Fortune participants and staff. The Basics What: Fortune Society Student Chefs Class of 155 Breakfast When: Thursday, October…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/24/14

October 25 NY Society for Ethical Culture presents The Fortune Society with the 2014 Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award The Award is periodically presented to individuals and institutions that have improved the lives and community of all New Yorkers….Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 20, 2014

10/24/14

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society Raises $200K At Fall Benefit Hundreds of New Yorkers who are deeply committed to justice gathered at the Tribeca Rooftop…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/17/14

October 20 NYAGV (New Yorkers Against gun Violence) 2014 Annual Benefit & Silent Auction A great lineup of honorees plus drinks, hors d’oeuvres, awards, silent auction, and VIP reception. Your support benefits NYAGV youth and community education programs to prevent gun…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 13, 2014

10/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Obama To Nominate ACLU Lawyer To Lead Justice Dept.’s Civil Rights Div. President Obama plans to nominate a top lawyer from the ACLU…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/09/14

October 14 A FORTUNE EVENT: Save The Date! 2014 Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit The 2014 Fortune Fall Benefit will be held October 14, at the Tribeca Rooftop! Fortune will be Honoring Sam and the late Judy Peabody with the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 6, 2014

10/09/14

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Bill Clinton: Prison Reform Will Be Hot-Button Issue In 2016 Election According to President Bill Clinton, a main issue on voters’ minds…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/03/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 29, 2014

10/03/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Solitary Confinement To End For Youngest At Rikers Island Although experts have spoken for years about the devastating effects of solitary confinement on…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

09/26/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 22, 2014

09/26/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign Attorney General Eric Holder will be resigning from office once a replacement is found. Drug policy and criminal…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 15, 2014

09/19/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society To Receive Community Service Award The NY Society For Ethical Culture will present The Fortune Society with the Frank B. Prescod…Read More

Drive Change Snowday Food Truck Visits Fortune

09/19/14

Today we celebrated the many food programs The Fortune Society has to offer with a whole day dedicated to food! weheartlic.com has more details! Today from 11am to 3pm the Snowday truck is parked outside of The Fortune Society outside…Read More

The Fortune Society to Receive Community Service Award

09/19/14

October 25, 2014, The New York Society for Ethical Culture will present the Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award to The Fortune Society.

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 8, 2014

09/12/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Page Celebrates 25 Years At Helm Of Fortune Society JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society, marked her 25th year as head…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

09/11/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

Tickets Now Available for The Fortune Fall Benefit October 14!

09/11/14

  Get your tickets to the Fortune Fall Benefit Today from eventbrite.com. The Benefit will be held Tuesday, October 14, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the TriBeca Rooftop!

Fortune and Culinary Business Leaders Meet

09/07/14

Members of the Culinary Business Community met with Fortune staff this week to discuss the goals, expectations, and rewards for being a part of Fortune’s Culinary Business Advisor Council. The meeting, in advance of the Council’s first “official” session, included…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 1, 2014

09/05/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Deportations Don’t Lower Crime Rates, Study Says Six years after the federal government opened an immigration enforcement program intended to improve public safety,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week- the week of August 18, 2014

08/22/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Felony Assaults Up By Almost 60% In City Jails Joanne Page, president/CEO at The Fortune Society, says the rising percentage of mentally ill…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of August 25, 2014

08/22/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Broken Windows Is No Replacement For Stop And Frisk According to Fortune Society’s JoAnne Page, Mayor de Blasio’s vision of New York as a city…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week- the week of August 11, 2014

08/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: The Death Of Michael Brown The F.B.I. may be able to answer the questions surrounding the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black…Read More

End Brutality At Rikers Island

08/17/14

Please join Jails Action Coalition (JAC) to create a list of community demands to end brutality at Rikers Island. Speakers include CM Dromm, NYCLU, JAC, CAIC, UJC, Bronx Defenders, NRCAT and Fortune’s Dr. Kirk James, as well as formerly incarcerated…Read More

Fortune Society Annual Family Services/Employment Services “Back to School” Event

08/17/14

As part of The Fortune Society’s funding from ACF (under the Administration of Children and Families – Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood program), Fortune will be hosting two upcoming events! Friday August 22, 2014 we will host a “Back to…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week
— the week of August 4, 2014

08/11/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: Not all Gang Members Created Equal By David Rothenberg, The Fortune Society In June, the Manhattan DA and the New York City…Read More

Castle Gardens Hosts Healthy R Us’ 1st Health Empowerment Workshop Series

08/10/14

Lead by co-founder Dwayne Graham, Healthy R Us’ workshops will consist of anger management, healthy emotional stability, and how to incorporate spiritual principles into our lives … plus various topics of discussion that will assist in maintaining healthier lives. Castle…Read More

Waste Not, Want Not: Built It Green!NYC Has Created A Solid System To Divert Local Waste From Landfills

08/10/14

The volunteer work of Fortune’s Green Jobs Training Graduate/Intern, Earl Harriston is featured in an article on Build It Green!NYC. The 10-year-old nonprofit salvages and collects building materials, which it resells to raise funds for a handful of environmental programs…Read More

Fortune Joins Collaborative Process In Developing A Reentry Housing Platform In NYC

08/10/14

Fortune’s JoAnne Page, along with Kate Rubin of the Bronx Defenders, co-chaired the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) working group on Affordable & Market Rate Housing. CSH established a Reentry Housing workgroup to develop policy recommendations to ensure that the…Read More

Brief Note from David Rothenberg on “The Bullpen”

08/07/14

BRIEF NOTE from David Rothenberg on “The Bullpen” The off-Broadway hit play “The Bullpen” was first performed at the Fortune Academy (“The Castle”) earlier this year. Joseph Assadourian, the playwright and sole performer of the play, had developed his work…Read More

Crime Report Op-Ed

08/04/14

Fortune’s Marlon Peterson’s Op-Ed Appears in The Crime Report Marlon Peterson, Director of Community Relations at Fortune published an opinion piece in The Crime Report, an online source for information about criminal justice. The well received piece discusses the gun…Read More

Both Sides Of The Bars on YouTube

08/04/14

Both Sides Of The Bars July’s episode of Both Sides of the Bars, Fortune’s monthly cable show discussing issues with the criminal justice system, focused on Women in the Criminal Justice System. Watch the episode on Fortune’s YouTube Channel.

Ties and Fries Event Benefits The Fortune Society

08/04/14

On Thursday night Fortune was the featured non profit at an event held by Fashion Designer and Writer Elliot Aronow . Dubbed “Ties and Fries” the event brought together journalists, designers and young professionals from around the city to learn…Read More

On The Loss of Eddie Ellis

07/25/14

The Fortune family mourns the loss of Eddie Ellis, a great leader in the field of social justice. Eddie Ellis was a pioneer in prisoner advocacy. He fought for human rights as a prisoner during the Attica Riots. He fought…Read More

Bloomberg LP Volunteers at The Castle

07/14/14

On Tuesday July 8 a group of young volunteers from Bloomberg LP joined us at the Castle and Castle Gardens ready to get their hands dirty. The group helped beautify our Community and Sky Gardens while learning  about The Fortune…Read More

JoAnne Page Selected For Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration

07/09/14

Fortune’s CEO JoAnne Page has been selected by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. Details on the announcement can be read below in the official Press Release from Governor Cuomo’s…Read More

Congratulations! A Conversation with Adelaide

06/30/14

Congratulations! A Conversation with Adelaide Last week, we celebrated with The Fortune Society’s founder David Rothenberg, who was honored at the New York City Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Pride Celebration on June 18, 2014. On June 25,…Read More

Fortune VP Stanley Richards Honored at White House Monday

06/28/14

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Communications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2014 White House Honors Re-entry and Employment “Champions of Change” WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM the White House will honor local “Champions of…Read More

David Rothenberg Honor Photos

06/19/14

At a June 18 ceremony, Fortune’s founder David Rothenberg was honored as part at this year’s LGBT Pride Celebration! Here are a few photos from the event.

Capital Campaign Celebration Photos

06/18/14

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Celebration for CEO/DoP Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) Program

06/16/14

Fortune celebrates the end-of-cycle for our CEO/DoP Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) program at Castle Gardens. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of our young adults in the program with spoken word pieces, end of cycle presentations and short…Read More

ACA and Improving Health Access and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations

06/14/14

The Affordable Care Act and Improving Health Access and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations Cynthia Golembeski (Fortune Staff) Robert Fullilove (Fortune Advisory Board Member) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be one of the most significant health care…Read More

Fortune Welcomes New Communications Director

06/09/14

Today Fortune welcomes new Communications Director, Jeff Jones. Jeff was most recently the Manager of Marketing and Production at Community Service Society (CSS), and he has strong graphic design skills, along with background in marketing and multi-media production, as well…Read More

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month

06/09/14

This week we begin a new feature in the DRCPP email and on fortunesociety.org. Periodically, a member of the Fortune Community will offer thoughts, share an experience, or check in with you on an important topic. The conversation begins in…Read More

Fortune Founder and Staff Member to be Honored

06/08/14

Fortune Founder and Staff Member to be Honored at LGBT Pride Celebrations Fortune’s founder David Rothenberg and Fortune staff member Adelaide Connaughton will be honored as part at this year’s LGBT Pride Celebration! Mr. Rothenberg will be honored at an…Read More

Fortune Founder’s Letter to the Editor in the NYT

06/02/14

Fortune’s founder, David Rothenberg has had a letter to the editor published in the June 1st edition of The New York Times. …Read More

May Issue of The Fortune News is Available!

05/28/14

Visit our Publications area to download your free copy of The Fortune News for May, 2104.

Miss A Recaps Fortune’s Spring Soiree

05/26/14

Charity and Style site Miss A’s NYC Editor Kristy Rao posted a recap of Fortune’s Spring Soiree. For those of you who missed the event, the article is a great “Who’s Who” of Fortune Supporters. This highly anticipated fundraiser, hosted…Read More

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month

05/23/14

The New York City Gun Violence Task Force is hosting a Gun Violence Awareness Month (GVAM) kickoff, the Not In My Hood March and Resource & Health Fair on May 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 4TH Annual “Not in My…Read More

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is A Success!

05/17/14

This year’s Fortune Spring Soiree was held May 15 at The Bowery Hotel, in Manhattan. Fortune honored Chelsea Clinton for the great work that she has done. The well attended event was enjoyed by all, including Ms. Clinton:

Fortune Attends ATI Rally

05/17/14

Members of the New York Alternative to Incarceration (ATI)/Reentry Coalition joined New York City Council members May 8th on the steps of New York City Hall in a rally to urge City, State and Federal leaders to increase funding and…Read More

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is This Week!

05/12/14

Fortune’s Spring Soirée, honoring the work of Chelsea Clinton, will be held this Thursday, May 15 at the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan. Purchase table/tickets by going to Eventbrite or contact Indrani Nicodemus, Special Events Coordinator, at inicodemus@fortunesociety.org or 347.510.3448. Ticket prices are tax deductible apart from…Read More

2014 Arts & Theater Festival: Returning to our Roots!

04/20/14

Throughout the entire week of April 28-May 1, 2014, this first-ever week-long FREE Arts & Theater Festival at The Fortune Society will feature Fortune staff, volunteers, and clients, who will present 15 separate theater, music, dance and spoken word events…Read More

Support the Fortune Flyers

04/15/14

The Fortune Society is thrilled to have been chosen, again, to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2nd . This event is a 26.2 mile run that courses through the five boroughs of New York City….Read More

Castle Gardens Arts Series Continues!

04/15/14

Founded by David Rothenberg in 1967 and named in honor of the play, “Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” which was written by a formerly incarcerated playwright, The Fortune Society’s roots have always been deeply connected with theater and the arts. As…Read More

Triple Bottom Line for Castle Gardens!!!

04/04/14

In July 2010, The Fortune Society opened the doors to Castle Gardens, an approximately 110,000 square foot green, mixed use – affordable and supportive – housing development in West Harlem….Read More

Welcome Dr. James!

03/23/14

Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took what is being hailed as a “proactive” approach to addressing the cities budgetary deficit.  He states: “Keeping people out of our jails saves money. We can help to make people…Read More

Fortune President & CEO, JoAnne Page Speaks on Latest Mayoral Move

03/07/14

Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced that he was ending the Previous Administration’s Challenge to Local Law 71 That Prohibits ‘Bias-Based’ Profiling in Law Enforcement.  JoAnne Page, President & CEO of the Fortune Society said, “We applaud today’s action by the…Read More

Culinary Arts Program Graduation

03/03/14

On Thursday, February 20th, the 5th cohort of our Culinary Arts Program had their graduation after doing an absolutely excellent job in the past 6 weeks learning the basic culinary skills they will need to get jobs in the culinary…Read More

The New Fortune Tellers!

03/03/14

The Fortune Society has launched its own acting company, The Fortune Tellers! Our production cast will be spending the next couple of months developing an original piece under the guidance of Lucas Caleb Rooney, last seen at Fortune in Much Ado About…Read More

Fortune at the QEDC Event

02/17/14

On February 11th, 2014, as part of our partnership with Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), The Fortune Society had a table at the Entrepreneur Space’s 3rd Anniversary Event. More than 300 community members attended the party with nearly 40 clients…Read More

Fortune to Receive Funding for Addiction-Related Housing

02/17/14

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) awarded $1.75 million in grants to five New York City nonprofits to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless families struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. One of five agencies…Read More

Russia’s Pussy Riot Visit Fortune

02/17/14

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, founding members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, spent the last morning of their last day in New York at Fortune’s Castle Gardens in West Harlem, hearing about post-prison life from women living there….Read More

Fortune Co-Sponsors John Jay Dinner

02/09/14

The 2014 Justice Trailblazer Award Dinner will be honoring Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black will be held February 10th. Hosted by NY1’s Errol Louis, the event is co-sponsored by The Fortune Society. online teaching jobs illustrator…Read More

Fortune Awarded Two DYCD Grants!

02/09/14

The Fortune Society has been awarded two Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) grants to provide services through an Adult Literacy Program ABE/HSE and Young Adult Literacy pre-HSE Instruction. The Adult Literacy Program will serve adults who are at…Read More

Introducing Grab and Go!

02/03/14

Do you find yourself getting tired during the day? Do you find yourself snacking at your desk? Do you frequent vending machines? Do you want to lose a few extra pounds? If you answered YES to any or all of…Read More

‘Released’ Kickstarter Campaign

01/27/14

“Released” is the documentary of the cast of The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg’s “The Castle”. “Released” documents their individual journeys from addiction, homelessness, abuse, incarceration and ultimately redemption. work from home careers Help to support their fundraising efforts by following the…Read More

Fortune Client Video Shows His Success

01/27/14

Coss Marte, a Fortune Society client who participated in our Transitional Work program, is now an Intake Coordinator at Goodwill Industries and is also the CEO/Founder of Coss Athletics, a physical fitness training company.  This short documentary video captures his…Read More

Fortune applauds Gov. Cuomo For Signing Bill

01/20/14

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill to amend the penal law and the criminal procedure law to allow state judges some leeway in probation sentences. Presently, adult defendants can be given a minimum five-year probation for felony…Read More

Fortune Receives $50,000 from EJAC

01/20/14

Fourteen New York nonprofits, including the Fortune Society, were among the 56 recipients of $4.4 million in December 2013 grants announced by the Elton John AIDS Foundation on January 13th.   The grants bring the EJAF’s total grants for 2013 to…Read More

Introducing Project Compass

01/13/14

Fortune’s Employment Services Program needs your help in getting the word out about Project Compass  — a program which offers job readiness training, hard skills training (culinary/green jobs), placement, mentorship, incentives, metrocards, referral to Fortune’s broad array of programs and…Read More

Fortune Green Jobs Graduation

01/03/14

The Fortune Society held a graduation ceremony December 19th for the graduates of our Green Jobs Training Program, which gives graduates the necessary skills to be competitive in the “green jobs” market. We would like to congratulate the graduates and…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of August 3, 2015

08/01/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Formerly Incarcerated Activist Leads Organization To Mobilize Hearts And Minds For Decarceration Despite the challenges, Glenn E. Martin, former director of The Fortune…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 27, 2015

07/28/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Violence At Rikers Island Is Highest In More Than A Decade Despite Thousands Of Fewer Inmates This has been the bloodiest year behind…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 13, 2015

07/13/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Stung By Abuses At Rikers, New York City Acts On Bail Reform But The New Program Would Not Have Helped Kalief Browder Mayor de…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 6, 2015

07/05/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Glenn Martin’s “Prison-Like” White House Experience After criminal justice advocate — and former Fortune VP — Glenn Martin — was nearly denied access to a…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 29, 2015

06/27/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– New York City Settles Suit Over Abuses At Rikers Island NYC has agreed to a settlement in the long-running legal battle over abuses…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 22, 2015

06/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Fortune’s Ronald Day Comments On City Council Passing The Fair Chance Act “The Fortune Society applauds the City Council for passing one of…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 15, 2015

06/12/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– New York City Council Passes “Fair Chance Act!” Last week, NYC became the largest city in the nation to adopt a fair chance hiring…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 8, 2015

06/06/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Who Runs Rikers? The Rule Says No Solitary For Kids. The Staff Finds A Loophole. In January, NYC’s Board of Correction, which monitors conditions…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of June 1, 2015

06/01/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– EPA Provides Nearly $200,000 For Green Job Training Of Formerly Incarcerated People The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded The Fortune Society a…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 25, 2015

05/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– CEO Corner: JoAnne Page NYN Media sat down with JoAnne page, president and CEO of the Fortune Society, to get her take on…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 18, 2015

05/18/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– The Fortune Society Hosts Its Annual Spring Soiree On Tues., May 12, Examiner.com joined hundreds of young philanthropists to raise awareness and support…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 11, 2015

05/09/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Fortune’s Stanley Richards: Barriers To Getting Work After Prison Remain The formerly incarcerated face many challenges as they try to re-establish themselves,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of May 4, 2015

05/02/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– De Blasio On City Council Decriminalization Proposal: I Agree With NYPD’s Bratton On “Broken Windows” Speaking about a City Council plan to decriminalize…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 27, 2015

04/26/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– The Fortune Society To Honor “The Wire’s” Michael K. Williams At 2015 Spring Soiree The Fortune Society will honor actor Michael K. Williams from…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 20, 2015

04/19/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Opinion: A College Education For Prisoners In a Letter to the Editor, Fortune Society senior VP Stanley Richards talks about being in…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 13, 2015

04/11/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Clergy Group Presses de Blasio On Police Reform One of the city’s most prominent religious leaders is warning Mayor Bill de Blasio…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of April 6, 2015

04/04/15

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Fortune Society Receives $190K In New Grants Formerly incarcerated individuals will now have increased access to The Fortune Society’s robust network…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 30, 2015

03/29/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Opinion: New Rules For Rikers Commenting on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to combat violence on Rikers, Fortune president JoAnne Page writes “there should be concern about…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 23, 2015

03/20/15

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– NYPD Poised To Create Special Unit To Investigate Officer-Involved Shootings The NYPD is poised to create a new squad dedicated to…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 16, 2015

03/16/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Opinion: Rikers Island Is Still Fucked, And It’s Terrifying To Fortune Society VP Stanley Richards, the “culture of violence” at Rikers “is an…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 9, 2015

03/08/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Ben Carson Says Being Gay Is A Choice, Citing Prison Example Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of March 2, 2015

03/01/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray Discusses the Challenges of Finding Effective Mental Health Services And the Intersection of Mental Health and Criminal…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 23, 2015

02/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ——— The Bad Cop Database: A Radical New Idea For Keeping Tabs On Police Misconduct The largest organization of public defenders in the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 16, 2015

02/16/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Cop Involved In Fatal Shooting Of Akai Gurley Has Been Indicted On Manslaughter Charges Rookie cop Peter Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 9, 2015

02/09/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe A report on the growth of court fees that are charged to often-impoverished…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 2, 2015

02/02/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. State Panel Rips Rikers Staff In Gruesome Death Of Diabetic, Mentally Ill Inmate The NYS Commission of Correction wants a federal probe into…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 19, 2015

01/22/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Raise New York Criminal Age To 18, No Teens In Adult Jail Gov. Cuomo will submit legislation incorporating recommendations made by a juvenile justice panel,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 12, 2015

01/17/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society Gets $400K MRT Supportive Housing Grant Formerly incarcerated people who are homeless and suffer from chronic medical conditions will now have…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 5, 2015

01/12/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: Black And Blue Lives Both Matter In an opinion piece, Fortune CEO JoAnne Page observes: “The entire country is grieving the lives of…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 29, 2014

01/04/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Cuomo, Using Pardon Power, Gives Pair A “Second Chance” Gov. Cuomo has pardoned two men, saying each deserves “a second chance.” One went to Alvaro Khalil…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 22, 2014

12/26/14

 A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Gunman May Have Used Garner And Brown Cases To Justify Police Killings, Experts Say The portrait of Ismaaiyl Brinsley — who authorities say fatally shot…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 15, 2014

12/21/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society New Graduates Are Green With Knowledge While most grads put their caps and gowns on, the 20 men who completed the …Read More

How Do We Measure Our Impact?

12/15/14

This past week, Fortune initiated a new “outcomes measurement tool.” The Fortune Society has been successful for many years at keeping individuals from being re-incarcerated. Indeed, the Agency thought of the impact of its programs and initiatives in terms of its…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 8, 2014

12/08/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Eric Garner’s Widow Denies Race Was Chokehold Motive The chokehold death of Eric Garner wasn’t “a black-and-white thing,” his widow said — a stunning…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of December 1, 2014

12/07/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: A Search For Justice In The Eric Garner Case The imbalance between Eric Garner’s fate on a Staten Island sidewalk and his supposed…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 24, 2014

12/02/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Officer’s Errant Shot Kills Unarmed Brooklyn Man Two police officers entered the pitch-black 8th-floor stairwell of a building in a Brooklyn project, one…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 17, 2014

11/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Rampant Use Of Solitary Confinement In The U.S. Constitutes Torture While the U.S. told the Committee Against Torture that federal law restricts the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 10, 2014

11/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Push To Bring Ex-Convicts And Families Together Lags More than a year after NYC started a program designed to reunite up to 150…Read More

Fortune: Helping Rebuild Lives Affected by Domestic Violence

11/10/14

By Margo Nugent, Social Work Student at Columbia University  and an intern with DRCPP “I would take my jewelry off each night. The next morning, I could never find it. The jewelry was never where I left it. So I…Read More

Domestic Violence

11/07/14

Domestic violence is not a new concept; rather, it is one whose meaning has evolved over the course of the past several decades and continues to evolve today. Historically, domestic violence has been understood as an issue that affects women…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 3, 2014

11/07/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. California Just Became The First State To Defelonize Drug Use On Tuesday, Californians voted in favor of the criminal justice reform initiative that promised…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 27, 2014

10/31/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society: Rental Complex In Queens Excludes Ex-Offenders A leading provider of social services for recently released prisoners is challenging a NYC landlord that,…Read More

Fortune Food Program Participants Prepare Staff Breakfast

10/24/14

October 23rd, students from the Reading 2 class, with the help of Kristen Pederson and Kevin Neely, cooked a fantastic breakfast for Fortune participants and staff. The Basics What: Fortune Society Student Chefs Class of 155 Breakfast When: Thursday, October…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 20, 2014

10/24/14

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society Raises $200K At Fall Benefit Hundreds of New Yorkers who are deeply committed to justice gathered at the Tribeca Rooftop…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 13, 2014

10/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Obama To Nominate ACLU Lawyer To Lead Justice Dept.’s Civil Rights Div. President Obama plans to nominate a top lawyer from the ACLU…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of October 6, 2014

10/09/14

  A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Bill Clinton: Prison Reform Will Be Hot-Button Issue In 2016 Election According to President Bill Clinton, a main issue on voters’ minds…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 29, 2014

10/03/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Solitary Confinement To End For Youngest At Rikers Island Although experts have spoken for years about the devastating effects of solitary confinement on…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 22, 2014

09/26/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign Attorney General Eric Holder will be resigning from office once a replacement is found. Drug policy and criminal…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 15, 2014

09/19/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Fortune Society To Receive Community Service Award The NY Society For Ethical Culture will present The Fortune Society with the Frank B. Prescod…Read More

Drive Change Snowday Food Truck Visits Fortune

09/19/14

Today we celebrated the many food programs The Fortune Society has to offer with a whole day dedicated to food! weheartlic.com has more details! Today from 11am to 3pm the Snowday truck is parked outside of The Fortune Society outside…Read More

The Fortune Society to Receive Community Service Award

09/19/14

October 25, 2014, The New York Society for Ethical Culture will present the Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award to The Fortune Society.

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 8, 2014

09/12/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Page Celebrates 25 Years At Helm Of Fortune Society JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society, marked her 25th year as head…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

09/11/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

Tickets Now Available for The Fortune Fall Benefit October 14!

09/11/14

  Get your tickets to the Fortune Fall Benefit Today from eventbrite.com. The Benefit will be held Tuesday, October 14, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the TriBeca Rooftop!

Fortune and Culinary Business Leaders Meet

09/07/14

Members of the Culinary Business Community met with Fortune staff this week to discuss the goals, expectations, and rewards for being a part of Fortune’s Culinary Business Advisor Council. The meeting, in advance of the Council’s first “official” session, included…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 1, 2014

09/05/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Deportations Don’t Lower Crime Rates, Study Says Six years after the federal government opened an immigration enforcement program intended to improve public safety,…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week- the week of August 18, 2014

08/22/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Felony Assaults Up By Almost 60% In City Jails Joanne Page, president/CEO at The Fortune Society, says the rising percentage of mentally ill…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of August 25, 2014

08/22/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Broken Windows Is No Replacement For Stop And Frisk According to Fortune Society’s JoAnne Page, Mayor de Blasio’s vision of New York as a city…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week- the week of August 11, 2014

08/17/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: The Death Of Michael Brown The F.B.I. may be able to answer the questions surrounding the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week
— the week of August 4, 2014

08/11/14

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. Opinion: Not all Gang Members Created Equal By David Rothenberg, The Fortune Society In June, the Manhattan DA and the New York City…Read More

Castle Gardens Hosts Healthy R Us’ 1st Health Empowerment Workshop Series

08/10/14

Lead by co-founder Dwayne Graham, Healthy R Us’ workshops will consist of anger management, healthy emotional stability, and how to incorporate spiritual principles into our lives … plus various topics of discussion that will assist in maintaining healthier lives. Castle…Read More

Waste Not, Want Not: Built It Green!NYC Has Created A Solid System To Divert Local Waste From Landfills

08/10/14

The volunteer work of Fortune’s Green Jobs Training Graduate/Intern, Earl Harriston is featured in an article on Build It Green!NYC. The 10-year-old nonprofit salvages and collects building materials, which it resells to raise funds for a handful of environmental programs…Read More

Fortune Joins Collaborative Process In Developing A Reentry Housing Platform In NYC

08/10/14

Fortune’s JoAnne Page, along with Kate Rubin of the Bronx Defenders, co-chaired the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) working group on Affordable & Market Rate Housing. CSH established a Reentry Housing workgroup to develop policy recommendations to ensure that the…Read More

Brief Note from David Rothenberg on “The Bullpen”

08/07/14

BRIEF NOTE from David Rothenberg on “The Bullpen” The off-Broadway hit play “The Bullpen” was first performed at the Fortune Academy (“The Castle”) earlier this year. Joseph Assadourian, the playwright and sole performer of the play, had developed his work…Read More

Crime Report Op-Ed

08/04/14

Fortune’s Marlon Peterson’s Op-Ed Appears in The Crime Report Marlon Peterson, Director of Community Relations at Fortune published an opinion piece in The Crime Report, an online source for information about criminal justice. The well received piece discusses the gun…Read More

Both Sides Of The Bars on YouTube

08/04/14

Both Sides Of The Bars July’s episode of Both Sides of the Bars, Fortune’s monthly cable show discussing issues with the criminal justice system, focused on Women in the Criminal Justice System. Watch the episode on Fortune’s YouTube Channel.

Ties and Fries Event Benefits The Fortune Society

08/04/14

On Thursday night Fortune was the featured non profit at an event held by Fashion Designer and Writer Elliot Aronow . Dubbed “Ties and Fries” the event brought together journalists, designers and young professionals from around the city to learn…Read More

On The Loss of Eddie Ellis

07/25/14

The Fortune family mourns the loss of Eddie Ellis, a great leader in the field of social justice. Eddie Ellis was a pioneer in prisoner advocacy. He fought for human rights as a prisoner during the Attica Riots. He fought…Read More

Bloomberg LP Volunteers at The Castle

07/14/14

On Tuesday July 8 a group of young volunteers from Bloomberg LP joined us at the Castle and Castle Gardens ready to get their hands dirty. The group helped beautify our Community and Sky Gardens while learning  about The Fortune…Read More

JoAnne Page Selected For Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration

07/09/14

Fortune’s CEO JoAnne Page has been selected by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. Details on the announcement can be read below in the official Press Release from Governor Cuomo’s…Read More

Congratulations! A Conversation with Adelaide

06/30/14

Congratulations! A Conversation with Adelaide Last week, we celebrated with The Fortune Society’s founder David Rothenberg, who was honored at the New York City Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Pride Celebration on June 18, 2014. On June 25,…Read More

Fortune VP Stanley Richards Honored at White House Monday

06/28/14

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Communications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2014 White House Honors Re-entry and Employment “Champions of Change” WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM the White House will honor local “Champions of…Read More

David Rothenberg Honor Photos

06/19/14

At a June 18 ceremony, Fortune’s founder David Rothenberg was honored as part at this year’s LGBT Pride Celebration! Here are a few photos from the event.

Capital Campaign Celebration Photos

06/18/14

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Celebration for CEO/DoP Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) Program

06/16/14

Fortune celebrates the end-of-cycle for our CEO/DoP Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) program at Castle Gardens. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of our young adults in the program with spoken word pieces, end of cycle presentations and short…Read More

ACA and Improving Health Access and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations

06/14/14

The Affordable Care Act and Improving Health Access and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations Cynthia Golembeski (Fortune Staff) Robert Fullilove (Fortune Advisory Board Member) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be one of the most significant health care…Read More

Fortune Welcomes New Communications Director

06/09/14

Today Fortune welcomes new Communications Director, Jeff Jones. Jeff was most recently the Manager of Marketing and Production at Community Service Society (CSS), and he has strong graphic design skills, along with background in marketing and multi-media production, as well…Read More

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month

06/09/14

This week we begin a new feature in the DRCPP email and on fortunesociety.org. Periodically, a member of the Fortune Community will offer thoughts, share an experience, or check in with you on an important topic. The conversation begins in…Read More

Fortune Founder’s Letter to the Editor in the NYT

06/02/14

Fortune’s founder, David Rothenberg has had a letter to the editor published in the June 1st edition of The New York Times. …Read More

May Issue of The Fortune News is Available!

05/28/14

Visit our Publications area to download your free copy of The Fortune News for May, 2104.

Miss A Recaps Fortune’s Spring Soiree

05/26/14

Charity and Style site Miss A’s NYC Editor Kristy Rao posted a recap of Fortune’s Spring Soiree. For those of you who missed the event, the article is a great “Who’s Who” of Fortune Supporters. This highly anticipated fundraiser, hosted…Read More

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month

05/23/14

The New York City Gun Violence Task Force is hosting a Gun Violence Awareness Month (GVAM) kickoff, the Not In My Hood March and Resource & Health Fair on May 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 4TH Annual “Not in My…Read More

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is A Success!

05/17/14

This year’s Fortune Spring Soiree was held May 15 at The Bowery Hotel, in Manhattan. Fortune honored Chelsea Clinton for the great work that she has done. The well attended event was enjoyed by all, including Ms. Clinton:

Fortune Attends ATI Rally

05/17/14

Members of the New York Alternative to Incarceration (ATI)/Reentry Coalition joined New York City Council members May 8th on the steps of New York City Hall in a rally to urge City, State and Federal leaders to increase funding and…Read More

2014 Arts & Theater Festival: Returning to our Roots!

04/20/14

Throughout the entire week of April 28-May 1, 2014, this first-ever week-long FREE Arts & Theater Festival at The Fortune Society will feature Fortune staff, volunteers, and clients, who will present 15 separate theater, music, dance and spoken word events…Read More

Support the Fortune Flyers

04/15/14

The Fortune Society is thrilled to have been chosen, again, to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2nd . This event is a 26.2 mile run that courses through the five boroughs of New York City….Read More

Castle Gardens Arts Series Continues!

04/15/14

Founded by David Rothenberg in 1967 and named in honor of the play, “Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” which was written by a formerly incarcerated playwright, The Fortune Society’s roots have always been deeply connected with theater and the arts. As…Read More

Triple Bottom Line for Castle Gardens!!!

04/04/14

In July 2010, The Fortune Society opened the doors to Castle Gardens, an approximately 110,000 square foot green, mixed use – affordable and supportive – housing development in West Harlem….Read More

Welcome Dr. James!

03/23/14

Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took what is being hailed as a “proactive” approach to addressing the cities budgetary deficit.  He states: “Keeping people out of our jails saves money. We can help to make people…Read More

Fortune President & CEO, JoAnne Page Speaks on Latest Mayoral Move

03/07/14

Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced that he was ending the Previous Administration’s Challenge to Local Law 71 That Prohibits ‘Bias-Based’ Profiling in Law Enforcement.  JoAnne Page, President & CEO of the Fortune Society said, “We applaud today’s action by the…Read More

Culinary Arts Program Graduation

03/03/14

On Thursday, February 20th, the 5th cohort of our Culinary Arts Program had their graduation after doing an absolutely excellent job in the past 6 weeks learning the basic culinary skills they will need to get jobs in the culinary…Read More

The New Fortune Tellers!

03/03/14

The Fortune Society has launched its own acting company, The Fortune Tellers! Our production cast will be spending the next couple of months developing an original piece under the guidance of Lucas Caleb Rooney, last seen at Fortune in Much Ado About…Read More

Fortune at the QEDC Event

02/17/14

On February 11th, 2014, as part of our partnership with Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), The Fortune Society had a table at the Entrepreneur Space’s 3rd Anniversary Event. More than 300 community members attended the party with nearly 40 clients…Read More

Fortune to Receive Funding for Addiction-Related Housing

02/17/14

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) awarded $1.75 million in grants to five New York City nonprofits to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless families struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. One of five agencies…Read More

Russia’s Pussy Riot Visit Fortune

02/17/14

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, founding members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, spent the last morning of their last day in New York at Fortune’s Castle Gardens in West Harlem, hearing about post-prison life from women living there….Read More

Fortune Co-Sponsors John Jay Dinner

02/09/14

The 2014 Justice Trailblazer Award Dinner will be honoring Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black will be held February 10th. Hosted by NY1’s Errol Louis, the event is co-sponsored by The Fortune Society. online teaching jobs illustrator…Read More

Fortune Awarded Two DYCD Grants!

02/09/14

The Fortune Society has been awarded two Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) grants to provide services through an Adult Literacy Program ABE/HSE and Young Adult Literacy pre-HSE Instruction. The Adult Literacy Program will serve adults who are at…Read More

Introducing Grab and Go!

02/03/14

Do you find yourself getting tired during the day? Do you find yourself snacking at your desk? Do you frequent vending machines? Do you want to lose a few extra pounds? If you answered YES to any or all of…Read More

‘Released’ Kickstarter Campaign

01/27/14

“Released” is the documentary of the cast of The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg’s “The Castle”. “Released” documents their individual journeys from addiction, homelessness, abuse, incarceration and ultimately redemption. work from home careers Help to support their fundraising efforts by following the…Read More

Fortune Client Video Shows His Success

01/27/14

Coss Marte, a Fortune Society client who participated in our Transitional Work program, is now an Intake Coordinator at Goodwill Industries and is also the CEO/Founder of Coss Athletics, a physical fitness training company.  This short documentary video captures his…Read More

Fortune applauds Gov. Cuomo For Signing Bill

01/20/14

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill to amend the penal law and the criminal procedure law to allow state judges some leeway in probation sentences. Presently, adult defendants can be given a minimum five-year probation for felony…Read More

Fortune Receives $50,000 from EJAC

01/20/14

Fourteen New York nonprofits, including the Fortune Society, were among the 56 recipients of $4.4 million in December 2013 grants announced by the Elton John AIDS Foundation on January 13th.   The grants bring the EJAF’s total grants for 2013 to…Read More

Introducing Project Compass

01/13/14

Fortune’s Employment Services Program needs your help in getting the word out about Project Compass  — a program which offers job readiness training, hard skills training (culinary/green jobs), placement, mentorship, incentives, metrocards, referral to Fortune’s broad array of programs and…Read More

Fortune Green Jobs Graduation

01/03/14

The Fortune Society held a graduation ceremony December 19th for the graduates of our Green Jobs Training Program, which gives graduates the necessary skills to be competitive in the “green jobs” market. We would like to congratulate the graduates and…Read More

Applause For And Some Thoughts On The Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

08/03/15

“As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities,” the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) on Friday launched the Pell Pilot program. According…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

08/01/15

August 12 Vera Institute Of Justice Summer Film Series: Award-Winning Documentary “STOP” + Q&A With Director Spencer Wolff For the past several years, stop and frisk in New York City has been front-page news. It has stirred passions, sown division, inspired…Read More

SAVE THE DATE: The 2015 Fortune Society Fall Benefit Honoring BRYAN STEVENSON

07/30/15

To purchase your tickets now click here. To purchase tables and/or ask questions please contact Raven Abreu at 347.510.3448 or email rabreu@fortunesociety.org.

A Response To President Obama’s Criminal Justice Proposals

07/28/15

On July 13, President Obama used his Executive Power to grant clemency to 46 people convicted of non-violent offenses. This is a step in the right direction for criminal justice reform, as was his visit to a federal prison, and…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/28/15

July 28-August 3 The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship Is Accepting Applications Does your organization advocate for policy change? Are you interested in hosting a graduate student to contribute to your policy advocacy work? The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship, which is…Read More

5 Steps To Becoming “Job-Ready” With A Criminal Justice Background

07/20/15

What makes a person “job-ready?” Many would think just having a resume, a bright smile, and the willingness to work is all you need to be job-ready. But, in truth, it requires much more. In today’s economy — where the…Read More

The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of July 20, 2015

07/18/15

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform. ———————————————————————————————————– Education from the Inside Out Coalition Praises President Clinton for Admitting Past Mistakes; Citing Importance Of In-Prison Education The Education from the Inside…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/18/15

September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4 Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing Continuing Education Course This intensive introduction to restorative justice will blend examples from theory and practice…Read More

Fortune Donates Archives, Makes Them Accessible To All

07/13/15

The story of The Fortune Society’s origin — from David Rothenberg’s off-Broadway production of “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” in 1967 — is well-documented in countless news stories and reminiscences, including David’s 2012 memoir, Fortune in My Eyes.  However, the history…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/13/15

September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4 Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing Continuing Education Course This intensive introduction to restorative justice will blend examples from theory and practice…Read More

Put Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Budget To Good Use For Fortune Clients

07/05/15

Sharing the sentiment of Phillip Saperia, CEO of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, I believe that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Executive Budget, that extends funding for mental health and social services programs, will be greatly appreciated — both by…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

07/05/15

July 8 The Bronx Defenders Annual Community Block Party The Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children, community members, and our clients to enjoy free food, music, and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register…Read More

Mass Incarceration & Aging In Prison: A Stain On The Archives Of American History

06/27/15

[This article is reprinted from the May issue of FORTUNE NEWS which focuses on “Aging And The Criminal Justice System.”] When it comes to incarceration in this country, many of our elected officials have been driving policy while under the influence….Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/27/15

July 8 The Bronx Defenders Annual Community Block Party The Community Block Party is a fun, safe venue for children, community members, and our clients to enjoy free food, music, and entertainment, play games, participate in arts and crafts, register…Read More

Fortune’s Alternatives To Incarceration (ATI) Program: Giving Individuals A Second Chance

06/22/15

This past month, on May 14, The Fortune Society — along with other New York Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition members — attended a rally to encourage city leaders to continue growing the funding for alternatives to incarceration (ATI) programs across…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/22/15

June 25 2015 College Initiative Graduation Celebration Please join us to celebrate the amazing achievements of our graduates and to share in their inspirational success. We will be serving dinner, so please be sure to RSVP. If you plan on…Read More

Our Founder David Rothenberg to be honored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation!

06/17/15

As featured in Off the Grid on June 5th, 2015 Offrothenberg the Grid is highlighting the winners of the 2015 Village Awards in the lead up to the June 17th Annual Meeting & Award Ceremony. Previous entries include Barbara Shaum and…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/13/15

June 15 What Difference Do Friends Make? Toward A Network Approach To Social Reintegration: Prison-Forged Social Ties And Network Inequality Among Reentering Men Mass incarceration in the United States has given rise to an urgent need to understand better how…Read More

2015 LGBTQ Pride Celebrations: Yesterday’s Struggle, Today’s Heritage

06/12/15

It was during the early-morning hours of June 28, 1969, and The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg was sitting in his apartment on Christopher Street witnessing what some have called the watershed moment of the gay rights movement. “I watched…Read More

YOU’RE INVITED! JUNE 16: The Fortune Society’s 1st Annual DRCPP Media

06/12/15

To RSVP please email rabreu@fortunesociety.org.

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/06/15

June 11 Vera Summer Film Series: “The House I Live In” The Vera Institute of Justice invites you to join us for the first installment of our summer film series, a screening of the award-winning Eugene Jarecki documentary, “The House…Read More

Reducing HIV By Lowering Burden Of Incarceration For Young Men

06/06/15

The Fortune Society’s Stanley Richards and Advisory Board Member Bob Fullilove served on the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, which Governor Cuomo convened after endorsing the groundbreaking Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York. Stanley and Bob were…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

06/01/15

June 4-6 Join the FORTUNE SOCIETY at the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Third Annual Festival Of Legislative Theatre: Inside/Outside For the second year in a row, FORTUNE will be involved in the Legislative Theater Festival for the Theater of…Read More

Fortune’s Green Program Grads: Successfully Building And Rebuilding Our Communities

06/01/15

The Fortune’s Society’s footprint extends far beyond our mission of “strengthening the fabric of our communities.” Did you know that many of Fortune’s Green Program graduates are also making our communities better places to live and raise healthy families? Within…Read More

Stanley Richards Is Appointed To NYC Board Of Corrections

05/28/15

On May 27, the NYC Council confirmed Stanley Richards to be a member of the NYC Board of Corrections (BOC). He serves on the BOC as the first formerly incarcerated individual appointed by the City Council. He will lend his first-hand…Read More

Alternatives-To-Incarceration (ATI) Programs Aim To Reduce Over-Reliance On Prisons/Jails

05/22/15

Using Alternatives-To-Incarceration (ATI) programs serves our collective communities far better than jails and prisons as a crime-fighting, community-healing, and personal-accountability strategy. In 1964, the nation heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. make his most famous speech, “I Have A Dream.”…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/22/15

 May 27 New York Reentry Roundtable: The Struggles Of Reentry Barry Campbell, the Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Fortune Society, will be the guest. New York Reentry Roundtable: The Struggles Of Reentry Wed., May 27 1-3…Read More

Breaking The Silence Around The “Silent Epidemic” Of Hep C

05/18/15

On May 14, many people — including program participants — converged on the steps of City Hall to raise awareness of the significant impact and value of alternatives to incarceration (ATI) and reentry programs. That same day, advocates gathered on the…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/18/15

May 13 Education From The Inside Out Working Group Meeting Gaining employment that pays a living wage is nearly impossible without a degree. This is one of the great American contradictions we want a citizenry that is educated but unwilling…Read More

Fortune Honors Michael K. Williams at our 2015 Spring Soiree

05/14/15

On Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, we had our fifth annual Spring Soiree at the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Our honoree this year was Michael K. Williams, award-winning actor, most famously known for his role of Omar in The…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/09/15

May 12 Saving New Yorkers Money By Turning On The Tap For Learning As the Education from the Inside Out Coalition prepares for the May 12th release of its newest report “TURNING ON THE TAP: How Returning Access to Tuition…Read More

West Point Cadets “Give Back” To Fortune

05/09/15

The relationship between Company A1 of the United States Military Academy at West Point and The Fortune Society was initially forged in the early months of 2014. At that time, the future Company TAC Officer for A1 was working on a…Read More

Our Senior VP, Stanley Richards on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

05/09/15

On May 8th, 2015, our Senior Vice President, Stanley Richards was a guest on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick to discuss incarceration and the journey afterwards. Listen to the full interview by clicking the play button below.

Helping Communities Break The Cycle And Regain Their Power

05/03/15

I dropped out of high school in the 9th grade. A substantial number of teenagers in my poor community dropped out, too. Despite our limited knowledge of educational standards, we knew that the schools in our community were low-quality. It…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

05/02/15

May 7 Webinar: Transforming Men And Boys To End Violence Against Women Please join us for this Webinar discussion which is brought to you by Defending Childhood in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Futures Without…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/26/15

April 27-April 30 The Fortune Arts Festival The annual, week-long celebration of the creativity and the imagination of Fortune’s participants and partners. Includes visual arts, theater, music, digital media, spoken word, and more! The Fortune Arts Festival Mon., April 27-Thurs.,…Read More

Our Founder, David Rothernberg’s Open Letter To Seth Rogen …

04/19/15

This past week, I sat in a classroom at The Fortune Society with a group of young men and women in their late teens and early 20s. All had been arrested. Most had done some jail time. The conversation that…Read More

Fortune Arts Festival

04/19/15

For more information, contact John Runowicz at 347-510-3435 or e-mail jrunowicz@fortunesociety.org.

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/19/15

April 27-April 30 The Fortune Arts Festival The annual, week-long celebration of the creativity and the imagination of Fortune’s participants and partners. Includes visual arts, theater, music, digital media, spoken word, and more! The Fortune Arts Festival Mon., April 27-Thurs.,…Read More

Creative Expression Leads To Healthier Minds And Bodies

04/19/15

I want to relate to you three short experiences I had at The Fortune Society recently. First, I observed a class we have in the Fortune Education Dept. on video animation. I listened to two students discuss what a conversation…Read More

Access To Higher Ed: An Enigma For Students With Criminal Records

04/14/15

When we think of reforming our criminal-justice system, we often focus on helping people transition from prison to the community, on securing employment and housing, and on providing  greater access to substance abuse and mental health counseling services, as all…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/11/15

April 13-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society Cordially Invites You to Our Spring Soiree!

04/07/15

Our Junior Committee and Co-chairs, Luke Weil, John Forte, Louise Tabbiner, Katherine Keating, Dee Dee Sides and Ben Bronfman presents our Spring Soiree 2015. Our honoree will be Micheal K. Williams. To purchase tickets/tables click here.

Upcoming Events Calendar

04/04/15

April 2 Race And The Criminal Justice System: Political Prisoners, Resistance, And Mass Incarceration — Part II Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full lineup of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about…Read More

Fortune’s BLC: Addressing The Trauma Of Clients And Reducing Its Symptoms

04/04/15

A formal diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), when being treated in a clinical environment, must meet specific criteria as defined in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V). Generally, this diagnosis involves exposure to actual…Read More

The Beautiful Thing About Participatory Budgeting

03/29/15

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a civic engagement tool that brings people together to share ideas about local capital improvements, and then they work with each other and their government officials to prioritize the projects that matter most. Finally, they vote…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/29/15

March 30-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

The Fortune Society Presents Cooking Demonstrations

03/20/15

Please join us at Castle Gardens for our weekly cooking demonstrations.  Presented by Just Food Community Chef Margaret Schehl, demonstrations use fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and are held in the lobby of Castle Gardens, part of our residential and service…Read More

Fortune’s Michelle Diaz – “The Hat Changer” – Named To Annie E. Casey Youth Advisory Council

03/20/15

Fortune Society clients who are now allowed to wear their hats inside the Agency can thank Michelle Diaz who was instrumental in changing the “no hats” rule that had been in place for many years. Michelle, who has never been…Read More

Traveling To Upstate New York – And Back In Time 26 Years

03/20/15

I often wonder — even after so many years — why I still get a funny feeling in my stomach when I’m traveling to upstate New York. After all, my purpose for this trip is a lot different from the…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/20/15

March 23-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/16/15

March 16-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

Fortune Supports Making Healthy Food Choices

03/16/15

The Fortune Society understands that it is nearly impossible to build a better future if your basic needs aren’t being met. In 2011, we worked with a group of students from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service to determine that…Read More

You Can Judge A Society By How Well It Treats People In Its Prisons

03/09/15

Frederick Douglass — the social reformer, orator, and former slave — once said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In no place is this truer today than in our jails and prisons. We have given birth to a system…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/08/15

March 9-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

Proving That All Our Stories Matter

03/02/15

Proving That All Our Stories Matter The Fortune Society opened its Media Workshop in 2009 motivated by the conviction that all our stories matter and that we all matter to our unfolding shared communal history. We are all called upon…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

03/01/15

March 2-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

Successful Supportive Reentry Housing: Two Success Stories

02/22/15

The Fortune Society’s two housing programs play an important role in helping to reduce homelessness, recidivism, and chronic hospitalization. One program — the Scatter-Site Housing Program (SSHP) — provides housing and supportive case management for 137 formerly incarcerated men and…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/22/15

February 23-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

Lifting Every Voice

02/16/15

  I sat in the audience recently at the Johnson Center in Harlem listening to NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito lay out a progressive agenda for NYC. The Speaker’s address was fittingly entitled “Lifting Every Voice.” As a representative of…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/16/15

February 16-April 17 Prison Obscura Curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook, Prison Obscura is a traveling exhibition that explores an area of society that, in spite of its explosive growth, continues to exist in the shadows — the country’s…Read More

New Commentary by Our Board Member Marty Horn

02/09/15

Posted on The Crime Report By: Marty Horn Date: 02.05.2015 Read full article here A Jail Where ‘Prisoners Don’t Matter’ Most of us are familiar with the saying, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” A similar sentiment…Read More

Fortune’s BLC Meets A Dire Need

02/09/15

The Fortune Society’s Better Living Center (BLC), an Article 31 clinic operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, opened in 2011 to specifically meet the mental health needs of individuals and families with current and previous criminal…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/09/15

February 23 Young Men Of Color And The Other Side Of Harm: Addressing Disparities In Our Response To Violence As the challenges facing young men of color rightfully move to the forefront of public discourse on equity and opportunity, the…Read More

Fortune Thanks All Its Supporters

02/02/15

The Fortune Society is supported by over 1,900 individuals who realize the importance of our work. 2014 was a banner year for our fund-raising and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters. Whether it was…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

02/02/15

  February 4 Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement: Strategies for Success In the wake of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the burgeoning #blacklivesmatter movement, the campaign to improve black male achievement has become more urgent than ever. This webinar…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/22/15

January 28 Parole Prep Basics: New York State’s Unjust Parole System And What Advocates And Attorneys Can Do About It The National Lawyers Guild — New York City Chapter’s Mass Incarceration and Anti-Racism Committees — present Mujahid Farid of Release Aging…Read More

I-CAN Works To Reduce Recidivism

01/22/15

By Yolanda Morales Senior Director of Health and Transitional Services The Fortune Society The I-CAN (Individualized Correction Achievement Network) program is an innovative, jail-based community reentry program whose goal it is to reduce recidivism by 10% among men and women…Read More

Our Board Member, Marty Horn, Writes About “Fixing Rikers Island”

01/21/15

Posted on The Marshall Project By: Marty Horn Date: 1.21.2015 Read full article here Fixing Rikers Island: A former corrections chief says critics are missing the point. New York City jails can be fixed. It will take time. It will take…Read More

Fortune Society Welcomes Ronald Day

01/20/15

Please join The Fortune Society in welcoming Ronald Day to Fortune as our new Associate Vice President, taking leadership of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP). Advocacy and community education on public policy is in Fortune’s bones –…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/17/15

January 28 Parole Prep Basics: New York State’s Unjust Parole System And What Advocates And Attorneys Can Do About It The National Lawyers Guild — New York City Chapter’s Mass Incarceration and Anti-Racism Committees — present Mujahid Farid of Release Aging…Read More

Fortune Society Gets $400K MRT Supportive Housing Grant

01/15/15

Reported By: New York Nonprofit Press Publish Date: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Read full article on NYNP here.   Formerly incarcerated individuals who are homeless and suffer from chronic medical conditions will now have increased access to Fortune Society’s scatter-site housing…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/12/15

January 28 The Science Of Positive Youth Development: “Can Youth Justice Be Compatible With Science?” The Fortune Society’s Marlon Peterson will be one of the speakers at a youth justice symposium at John Jay College. The event will focus on the…Read More

The End Of Solitary For Teens On Rikers Island — A Step In The Right Direction

01/12/15

As a step in the right direction, Joseph Aponte, the NYC corrections commissioner, has decided to end the practice of solitary confinement for 16- and 17- year olds in NYC jails by the end of 2014. Just imagine that it…Read More

His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside

01/07/15

By: Sarah Rogers Published in the Daily Beast Publish Date: January 3rd, 2014 Read article in the Daily Beast here. Smartphones, the Internet, job-seeking. For prisoners released after decades behind bars, the modern world is difficult, confusing, and still better…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

01/06/15

January 28 Policy To Practice: Transformative Governance Strategies To Enhance Public Mental Health New York City is seeing a range of ambitious efforts to tackle important criminal justice and other issues through mental health solutions. This conference brings local, national,…Read More

Another Reason Why Cases Like Akai Gurley and Eric Garner Should Matter to Us

12/22/14

Every year The Fortune Society welcomes and services over 5,000 returning citizens from incarceration. Some come from decades of incarceration while others seek alternatives to incarceration, and may have only spent a day or two in jail. As is often…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/21/14

January 22 State Of The (Queens) Borough Address The Honorable Melinda Katz cordially invites you to her first State Of The Borough Address. State Of The (Queens) Borough Address Thurs., Jan. 28 10 AM Colden Auditorium Queens College Kissena Blvd….Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/15/14

December 15 Rough Justice: Media And The Realities Of Prison Life The Paley Center will look at how fiction and nonfiction programming has raised awareness of the realities of prison life and is helping to shape the debate on crucial…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/08/14

December 8 Guns & Domestic Violence: A Lethal Combination This landmark event will feature an expert presentation on federal and New York State gun laws to address domestic violence and pending state legislation designed to close loopholes. This will be…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

12/02/14

December 1 The Fortune Society Hosts World AIDS Day Mini-Conference This event is in response to eliminating health and social disparities in the borough of Manhattan. Come for breakout sessions, networking, screening, healthy food demonstrations, tabling, and raffles, prizes, and…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

11/24/14

November 29 A FORTUNE EVENT: Fortune Fresh Farm Stand From 9 AM-3 PM through November at the corner of 145th St. and Edgecombe Ave. in Harlem outside of Jackie Robinson Park. For more information, click here. ——— December 1 The…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

11/17/14

November 17 Self-Determination Inside/Out Interference Archive presents a comprehensive exhibition and public program series featuring the cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies. Ranging from the Attica Rebellion to political prisoners, AIDS education to prisoners-as-laborers, the struggles of incarcerated…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

11/07/14

November 10 The American Justice Summit This Summit is being presented in partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, alongside co-hosts: Neil Barsky, Harry Belafonte, Piper Kerman, Pamela Thomas-Graham, Jeffrey Toobin, Jeremy Travis and Darren Walker. The American…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/31/14

November 2 How One Play Saved Thousands Of Lives Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey interviews and hosts a Q+A with David Rothenberg, the founder of The Fortune Society. They will discuss the 1967 play “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” which…Read More

Press Release: New Lawsuit Challenges Landlord’s Ban on Renting to Those With Criminal Records

10/31/14

NEW LAWSUIT CHARGES THAT A PRIVATE LANDLORD’S BLANKET BAN ON RENTING APARTMENTS TO PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL RECORD IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION UNDER THE FAIR HOUSING ACT Fortune Society’s federal lawsuit accuses Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp., Sarasota Gold LLC and…Read More

How One Play Saved Thousands Of Lives

10/30/14

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey interviews and hosts a Q+A with David Rothenberg, the founder of The Fortune Society. They will discuss the 1967 play “Fortune and Men’s Eyes” which led to the creation of the Fortune Society and…Read More

Help the Fortune Flyers make it to the finish line of the TCS NYC Marathon!

10/28/14

On Sunday, November 2, 2014, The Fortune Flyers will run for The Fortune Society in the TCS New York City Marathon. We provide essential services to individuals re-entering society after incarceration, as they face challenges that would test the most resilient among us.  Fortune’s holistic,…Read More

Fortune Food Program Participants Prepare Staff Breakfast

10/24/14

October 23rd, students from the Reading 2 class, with the help of Kristen Pederson and Kevin Neely, cooked a fantastic breakfast for Fortune participants and staff. The Basics What: Fortune Society Student Chefs Class of 155 Breakfast When: Thursday, October…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/24/14

October 25 NY Society for Ethical Culture presents The Fortune Society with the 2014 Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award The Award is periodically presented to individuals and institutions that have improved the lives and community of all New Yorkers….Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/17/14

October 20 NYAGV (New Yorkers Against gun Violence) 2014 Annual Benefit & Silent Auction A great lineup of honorees plus drinks, hors d’oeuvres, awards, silent auction, and VIP reception. Your support benefits NYAGV youth and community education programs to prevent gun…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/09/14

October 14 A FORTUNE EVENT: Save The Date! 2014 Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit The 2014 Fortune Fall Benefit will be held October 14, at the Tribeca Rooftop! Fortune will be Honoring Sam and the late Judy Peabody with the…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

10/03/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

Upcoming Events Calendar

09/26/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

Drive Change Snowday Food Truck Visits Fortune

09/19/14

Today we celebrated the many food programs The Fortune Society has to offer with a whole day dedicated to food! weheartlic.com has more details! Today from 11am to 3pm the Snowday truck is parked outside of The Fortune Society outside…Read More

The Fortune Society to Receive Community Service Award

09/19/14

October 25, 2014, The New York Society for Ethical Culture will present the Frank B. Prescod Community Service Award to The Fortune Society.

Upcoming Events Calendar

09/11/14

October 5 A FORTUNE EVENT: Upcoming Performance of “The Castle II” In “The Castle II” — an original drama co-written by Fortune founder David Rothenberg — four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers relate their journeys of crime, privation, and redemption.  Don’t…Read More

Tickets Now Available for The Fortune Fall Benefit October 14!

09/11/14

  Get your tickets to the Fortune Fall Benefit Today from eventbrite.com. The Benefit will be held Tuesday, October 14, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the TriBeca Rooftop!

Fortune and Culinary Business Leaders Meet

09/07/14

Members of the Culinary Business Community met with Fortune staff this week to discuss the goals, expectations, and rewards for being a part of Fortune’s Culinary Business Advisor Council. The meeting, in advance of the Council’s first “official” session, included…Read More

End Brutality At Rikers Island

08/17/14

Please join Jails Action Coalition (JAC) to create a list of community demands to end brutality at Rikers Island. Speakers include CM Dromm, NYCLU, JAC, CAIC, UJC, Bronx Defenders, NRCAT and Fortune’s Dr. Kirk James, as well as formerly incarcerated…Read More

Fortune Society Annual Family Services/Employment Services “Back to School” Event

08/17/14

As part of The Fortune Society’s funding from ACF (under the Administration of Children and Families – Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood program), Fortune will be hosting two upcoming events! Friday August 22, 2014 we will host a “Back to…Read More

Castle Gardens Hosts Healthy R Us’ 1st Health Empowerment Workshop Series

08/10/14

Lead by co-founder Dwayne Graham, Healthy R Us’ workshops will consist of anger management, healthy emotional stability, and how to incorporate spiritual principles into our lives … plus various topics of discussion that will assist in maintaining healthier lives. Castle…Read More

Bloomberg LP Volunteers at The Castle

07/14/14

On Tuesday July 8 a group of young volunteers from Bloomberg LP joined us at the Castle and Castle Gardens ready to get their hands dirty. The group helped beautify our Community and Sky Gardens while learning  about The Fortune…Read More

David Rothenberg Honor Photos

06/19/14

At a June 18 ceremony, Fortune’s founder David Rothenberg was honored as part at this year’s LGBT Pride Celebration! Here are a few photos from the event.

Capital Campaign Celebration Photos

06/18/14

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Celebration for CEO/DoP Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) Program

06/16/14

Fortune celebrates the end-of-cycle for our CEO/DoP Community Education Pathways to Success (CEPS) program at Castle Gardens. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of our young adults in the program with spoken word pieces, end of cycle presentations and short…Read More

Fortune Welcomes New Communications Director

06/09/14

Today Fortune welcomes new Communications Director, Jeff Jones. Jeff was most recently the Manager of Marketing and Production at Community Service Society (CSS), and he has strong graphic design skills, along with background in marketing and multi-media production, as well…Read More

Fortune Founder and Staff Member to be Honored

06/08/14

Fortune Founder and Staff Member to be Honored at LGBT Pride Celebrations Fortune’s founder David Rothenberg and Fortune staff member Adelaide Connaughton will be honored as part at this year’s LGBT Pride Celebration! Mr. Rothenberg will be honored at an…Read More

Miss A Recaps Fortune’s Spring Soiree

05/26/14

Charity and Style site Miss A’s NYC Editor Kristy Rao posted a recap of Fortune’s Spring Soiree. For those of you who missed the event, the article is a great “Who’s Who” of Fortune Supporters. This highly anticipated fundraiser, hosted…Read More

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month

05/23/14

The New York City Gun Violence Task Force is hosting a Gun Violence Awareness Month (GVAM) kickoff, the Not In My Hood March and Resource & Health Fair on May 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 4TH Annual “Not in My…Read More

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is A Success!

05/17/14

This year’s Fortune Spring Soiree was held May 15 at The Bowery Hotel, in Manhattan. Fortune honored Chelsea Clinton for the great work that she has done. The well attended event was enjoyed by all, including Ms. Clinton:

Fortune Attends ATI Rally

05/17/14

Members of the New York Alternative to Incarceration (ATI)/Reentry Coalition joined New York City Council members May 8th on the steps of New York City Hall in a rally to urge City, State and Federal leaders to increase funding and…Read More

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is This Week!

05/12/14

Fortune’s Spring Soirée, honoring the work of Chelsea Clinton, will be held this Thursday, May 15 at the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan. Purchase table/tickets by going to Eventbrite or contact Indrani Nicodemus, Special Events Coordinator, at inicodemus@fortunesociety.org or 347.510.3448. Ticket prices are tax deductible apart from…Read More

2014 Arts & Theater Festival: Returning to our Roots!

04/20/14

Throughout the entire week of April 28-May 1, 2014, this first-ever week-long FREE Arts & Theater Festival at The Fortune Society will feature Fortune staff, volunteers, and clients, who will present 15 separate theater, music, dance and spoken word events…Read More

Support the Fortune Flyers

04/15/14

The Fortune Society is thrilled to have been chosen, again, to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2nd . This event is a 26.2 mile run that courses through the five boroughs of New York City….Read More

Castle Gardens Arts Series Continues!

04/15/14

Founded by David Rothenberg in 1967 and named in honor of the play, “Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” which was written by a formerly incarcerated playwright, The Fortune Society’s roots have always been deeply connected with theater and the arts. As…Read More

Triple Bottom Line for Castle Gardens!!!

04/04/14

In July 2010, The Fortune Society opened the doors to Castle Gardens, an approximately 110,000 square foot green, mixed use – affordable and supportive – housing development in West Harlem….Read More

Welcome Dr. James!

03/23/14

Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took what is being hailed as a “proactive” approach to addressing the cities budgetary deficit.  He states: “Keeping people out of our jails saves money. We can help to make people…Read More

Fortune President & CEO, JoAnne Page Speaks on Latest Mayoral Move

03/07/14

Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced that he was ending the Previous Administration’s Challenge to Local Law 71 That Prohibits ‘Bias-Based’ Profiling in Law Enforcement.  JoAnne Page, President & CEO of the Fortune Society said, “We applaud today’s action by the…Read More

Culinary Arts Program Graduation

03/03/14

On Thursday, February 20th, the 5th cohort of our Culinary Arts Program had their graduation after doing an absolutely excellent job in the past 6 weeks learning the basic culinary skills they will need to get jobs in the culinary…Read More

The New Fortune Tellers!

03/03/14

The Fortune Society has launched its own acting company, The Fortune Tellers! Our production cast will be spending the next couple of months developing an original piece under the guidance of Lucas Caleb Rooney, last seen at Fortune in Much Ado About…Read More

Fortune at the QEDC Event

02/17/14

On February 11th, 2014, as part of our partnership with Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), The Fortune Society had a table at the Entrepreneur Space’s 3rd Anniversary Event. More than 300 community members attended the party with nearly 40 clients…Read More

Fortune to Receive Funding for Addiction-Related Housing

02/17/14

The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) awarded $1.75 million in grants to five New York City nonprofits to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless families struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. One of five agencies…Read More

Russia’s Pussy Riot Visit Fortune

02/17/14

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, founding members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, spent the last morning of their last day in New York at Fortune’s Castle Gardens in West Harlem, hearing about post-prison life from women living there….Read More

Fortune Co-Sponsors John Jay Dinner

02/09/14

The 2014 Justice Trailblazer Award Dinner will be honoring Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black will be held February 10th. Hosted by NY1’s Errol Louis, the event is co-sponsored by The Fortune Society. online teaching jobs illustrator…Read More

Fortune Awarded Two DYCD Grants!

02/09/14

The Fortune Society has been awarded two Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) grants to provide services through an Adult Literacy Program ABE/HSE and Young Adult Literacy pre-HSE Instruction. The Adult Literacy Program will serve adults who are at…Read More

Introducing Grab and Go!

02/03/14

Do you find yourself getting tired during the day? Do you find yourself snacking at your desk? Do you frequent vending machines? Do you want to lose a few extra pounds? If you answered YES to any or all of…Read More

‘Released’ Kickstarter Campaign

01/27/14

“Released” is the documentary of the cast of The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg’s “The Castle”. “Released” documents their individual journeys from addiction, homelessness, abuse, incarceration and ultimately redemption. work from home careers Help to support their fundraising efforts by following the…Read More

Fortune Client Video Shows His Success

01/27/14

Coss Marte, a Fortune Society client who participated in our Transitional Work program, is now an Intake Coordinator at Goodwill Industries and is also the CEO/Founder of Coss Athletics, a physical fitness training company.  This short documentary video captures his…Read More

Fortune applauds Gov. Cuomo For Signing Bill

01/20/14

The New York State Legislature has passed a bill to amend the penal law and the criminal procedure law to allow state judges some leeway in probation sentences. Presently, adult defendants can be given a minimum five-year probation for felony…Read More

Fortune Receives $50,000 from EJAC

01/20/14

Fourteen New York nonprofits, including the Fortune Society, were among the 56 recipients of $4.4 million in December 2013 grants announced by the Elton John AIDS Foundation on January 13th.   The grants bring the EJAF’s total grants for 2013 to…Read More

Introducing Project Compass

01/13/14

Fortune’s Employment Services Program needs your help in getting the word out about Project Compass  — a program which offers job readiness training, hard skills training (culinary/green jobs), placement, mentorship, incentives, metrocards, referral to Fortune’s broad array of programs and…Read More

Fortune Green Jobs Graduation

01/03/14

The Fortune Society held a graduation ceremony December 19th for the graduates of our Green Jobs Training Program, which gives graduates the necessary skills to be competitive in the “green jobs” market. We would like to congratulate the graduates and…Read More

Ties and Fries Event Benefits The Fortune Society

08/04/14

On Thursday night Fortune was the featured non profit at an event held by Fashion Designer and Writer Elliot Aronow . Dubbed “Ties and Fries” the event brought together journalists, designers and young professionals from around the city to learn…Read More

Capital Campaign Celebration Photos

06/18/14

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Miss A Recaps Fortune’s Spring Soiree

05/26/14

Charity and Style site Miss A’s NYC Editor Kristy Rao posted a recap of Fortune’s Spring Soiree. For those of you who missed the event, the article is a great “Who’s Who” of Fortune Supporters. This highly anticipated fundraiser, hosted…Read More

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is A Success!

05/17/14

This year’s Fortune Spring Soiree was held May 15 at The Bowery Hotel, in Manhattan. Fortune honored Chelsea Clinton for the great work that she has done. The well attended event was enjoyed by all, including Ms. Clinton:

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is A Success!

05/17/14

This year’s Fortune Spring Soiree was held May 15 at The Bowery Hotel, in Manhattan. Fortune honored Chelsea Clinton for the great work that she has done. The well attended event was enjoyed by all, including Ms. Clinton:

Another Reason Why Cases Like Akai Gurley and Eric Garner Should Matter to Us

12/22/14

Every year The Fortune Society welcomes and services over 5,000 returning citizens from incarceration. Some come from decades of incarceration while others seek alternatives to incarceration, and may have only spent a day or two in jail. As is often…Read More

ACA and Improving Health Access and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations

06/14/14

The Affordable Care Act and Improving Health Access and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations Cynthia Golembeski (Fortune Staff) Robert Fullilove (Fortune Advisory Board Member) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be one of the most significant health care…Read More

Fortune Founder’s Letter to the Editor in the NYT

06/02/14

Fortune’s founder, David Rothenberg has had a letter to the editor published in the June 1st edition of The New York Times. …Read More

May Issue of The Fortune News is Available!

05/28/14

Visit our Publications area to download your free copy of The Fortune News for May, 2104.

Fortune’s Spring Soiree is A Success!

05/17/14

This year’s Fortune Spring Soiree was held May 15 at The Bowery Hotel, in Manhattan. Fortune honored Chelsea Clinton for the great work that she has done. The well attended event was enjoyed by all, including Ms. Clinton:

Fortune Attends ATI Rally

05/17/14

Members of the New York Alternative to Incarceration (ATI)/Reentry Coalition joined New York City Council members May 8th on the steps of New York City Hall in a rally to urge City, State and Federal leaders to increase funding and…Read More

  • Our Approach

    Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society’s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Our continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds and life experiences similar to those of our clients, helps ensure their success. Fortune serves approximately 4,500 men and women annually via three primary New York City-area locations: our service center in Long Island City, and both the Fortune Academy (a.k.a. “the Castle”) and Castle Gardens in West Harlem. Our program models are frequently recognized, both nationally and internationally, for their quality and innovation.

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    "My successful reentry can be directly attributed to the structured support I received from The Fortune Society. Everyone at Fortune – direct service staff to executives – played a personal role in guiding me through this difficult transition.”

    - Larry W., former client and current resident of Castle Gardens

  • Housing

    Welcomes clients home.

    The Fortune Society’s Housing Program empowers homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to build better futures through stable and affordable housing. By providing low-threshold access to supportive emergency, phased-permanent and permanent housing, our Housing Program meets both the immediate and long-term needs of our clients. Participating clients are able to take the first steps on their journeys towards becoming positive, self-sufficient members of society with the full support of Fortune’s comprehensive reentry service offering and culturally competent staff.

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    “I’ll never forget the moment I first walked through the doors of my new apartment at Castle Gardens. I knew I’d found a safe, healthy place for my kids to grow up. I knew we were truly home.”

    - Claire M., Fortune client and resident of Castle Gardens

  • Employment Services

    Fortune’s Employment Services program is designed to equip formerly incarcerated jobseekers with the skills necessary to obtain employment and thrive in the workplace.  We offer a variety of services to help motivated jobseekers begin their careers and seek professional advancement. Our two-week job readiness workshop teaches clients how to network, excel in interviews, problem-solve, answer difficult conviction questions, and create a professional resume and cover letter.  Individuals completing the work-shop receive career counseling, job placement assistance, and support with job retention.  Fortune also offers skills training which provides industry recognized certifications in both the culinary arts and green construction arenas. Clients who complete the training receive job placement and career advancement services.

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    “When I came home from prison, I didn’t know how I would support myself. Today, I have an honest job I earned with the help of Fortune.”

    - Lloyd R., former Fortune Employment Services client

  • Education

    Opens new doors.

    Our Education program empowers clients to achieve personal and professional goals that might include earning their High School Equivalency diplomas, attending college, or preparing to enter a tough job market. Clients have the opportunity to develop essential reading, writing, math, and computer skills with the support of Fortune’s dedicated teachers. Our small class size allows each individual to progress at his or her own pace, in an environment where all students feel respected and have a say in what they’re learning.

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    “Thanks to Mr. Timothy and the other teachers at Fortune, I’ve finally earned my high school diploma, and can pursue my dream of becoming an electrician. Like Fortune, I want to be responsible for bringing light into people’s lives.”

    - Catherine O., former Fortune client and volunteer

  • Family Services

    Builds strong, healthy relationships.

    Fortune’s Family Services program helps connect clients with their loved ones by supporting personal growth and the development of essential life skills. We offer an array of group and individual services to meet the unique needs of formerly incarcerated mothers, fathers, and expectant parents. Our men and women are given the opportunity to learn vital interpersonal and parenting skills, develop the tools needed to escape a life defined by crime and/or substance abuse, and become positive role models for their children. Additionally, clients receive assistance with child support cases and family reunification issues.

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    "The Fortune Society believed in me when I needed it the most, and I can honestly say that I’m a changed man as a result. I’ve been sober for three years, I’m on my way to getting a business degree, and – most importantly – I’m now the kind of father my daughters can be proud of.”

    - Francisco G., former Fortune client

  • Alternatives to Incarceration

    Offers a fresh start.

    Fortune’s rigorous Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs reduce the prison and jail population, save taxpayers millions of dollars, and each year help hundreds of men and women learn how to lead crime-free, productive lives. Clients participating in our rigorous ATI programs are still under strict supervision, but they also receive the life-stabilizing services they desperately need. Those who complete their program successfully receive sentences that require no further incarceration, including probation and community service.

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    “Fortune’s ATI program has helped me to control my anger and express myself in a manner that is appropriate. With Fortune’s help, I was also able to obtain my G.E.D and gain employment.”

    - Abraham V., former Fortune client

  • Mental Health Services

    As of July 2011, Fortune Society clients now have access to a full spectrum of mental health services through The Better Living Center (BLC), our New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) licensed Article 31 mental health clinic. The BLC works to facilitate a seamless transition for mentally ill individuals with histories of incarceration by providing the supportive environment, treatment and therapy they need to manage their mental illness, while also making progress towards achieving their other life goals.

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    “Therapy really helped me understand the connection between my anger issues and the trauma I experienced as a child. The life I live now is full of purpose and peace, and I’m so appreciative that Fortune offers mental health services. I’ll never take this life for granted again.”

    - E.K., Fortune Better Living Center client

  • Substance Abuse Treatment

    Breaks the cycle.

    Fortune’s licensed treatment program empowers clients to address and overcome substance dependency issues. Our medically supervised outpatient program provides client-centered treatment that is geared towards the overall improvement of each client’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Every client begins his or her journey with a full assessment and program orientation, followed by intensive individual and group counseling. We also offer lifetime aftercare, so our clients know they can rely on us to help them navigate future challenges that may threaten their ability to stay on course.

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    “The program helped me to learn I had a problem and to admit to it, that’s the first step to recovery. It also helped me find other ways to not go back to my habits.”

    - D.G., Fortune client

  • Health Services

    Fosters healthy living.

    Fortune’s Health Services team offers clients rapid HIV testing, prevention education, and connection to quality, community-based treatment and care. This holistic and integrated approach to serving formerly incarcerated men and women living with HIV/AIDS, or at risk of developing HIV/AIDS, helps ensure their safe and healthy transition back into the community.

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    “The Fortune Society referred me to a community clinic where I actually feel comfortable, and helped me find a stable place to live. Knowing I have a safe and peaceful place to call home has profoundly improved both my physical and mental health."

    - Robert W., former Fortune client

  • Drop-in Services

    Connects clients to immediate care.

    Through the Rikers Island Transitional Consortium (RITC), The Fortune Society’s Drop-in-Center works in collaboration with The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to provide Discharge Planning to individuals with HIV from all New York City jails. Upon release, Drop-In-Center staff will pick up and escort these individuals in an agency van, and connect them to medical care and other ancillary services. Once their immediate needs are met, clients are then referred to Fortune’s other supportive reentry services.

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    “The Drop in Center is my second family. The staff has done so much to help me even when I did not want to help myself. They never gave up. I know I can always count on them.”

    - P. Smith, Fortune client

  • Prepare for Release

    Helps men and women in jail prepare for a successful release.

    The I-CAN (Individualized Corrections Achievement Network) program provides skill-building and discharge preparation services to eligible men and women during their incarceration at NYC DOC jails, continuing reentry support following their release. We help them prepare for release by applying for identification documents in advance, and by providing parenting classes, group counseling, professional development courses, continuing education, and relapse prevention workshops. I-CAN is currently available in five Rikers Island facilities, and plan to expand to all NYC DOC jails.

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    “The I-CAN program gave me a second chance at life, and a second chance at making my family proud. The staff is encouraging and they have been great role models.”

    - Bonita R., Fortune client

  • Apply for Benefits

    Helps clients start their journey to successful reentry.

    The Single Stop Benefits Assessment and Referral Program is an integral part of Fortune’s admissions and intake process. In 15 minutes, we help clients find out if they are eligible to receive benefits from any of the 34 earmarked government programs available to low-income individuals. We then work with eligible clients to navigate the application process so that they can secure critical benefits such as Food Stamps and Medicaid and stabilize themselves financially. In addition, the program connects clients with expert advice to help with a wide range of issues such as child support, evictions, accessing criminal records, and much more.

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    “Thank you to the Single Stop program for the guidance they offered me with obtaining benefits. I recommend them to everyone that has benefit issues.”

    - William Q., Fortune client

Impact

  • David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP)

    In 2007, Fortune launched the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) in honor of Fortune’s founder, tireless advocate for the rights and fair treatment of people with criminal records.

    While Fortune has always engaged in advocacy and community education, DRCPP resourced and ramped up Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and community education efforts. DRCPP leverages Fortune’s internal expertise–including the life experience of our formerly incarcerated staff and clients and our first-hand experiences as a direct reentry service provider–to advocate for a fairer criminal justice system; promote effective program models and needed supports for people with criminal justice histories; and change the counterproductive laws and policies that create barriers to successful community reentry following involvement in the criminal justice system.

  • Access to Education

    Higher education achievement for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people is a well-documented tool for reducing recidivism and shaping productive, morally conscious and law-abiding citizens. Additionally, in this tough economy, a college degree is often necessary to get in the door to decent-paying employment. Despite the unquestionable success of the few remaining prison-based college and post-incarceration programs, public funding for these programs has mostly been unavailable nationally since 1994. This is largely due to Federal and state policymakers’ misguided spending cuts and counterproductive “tough on crime” policies. Further, some colleges and universities have adopted discriminatory policies that screen individuals based on criminal background. DRCPP works in partnership with the College and Community Fellowship and the Center for Community Alternatives as a part of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition to address these challenges.

  • Access to Safe, Affordable Housing

    For individuals returning home following incarceration, securing safe and
    affordable housing is often the key to successful integration. This can be a
    challenge, as they often find that their criminal record prevents them obtaining housing, whether in the private sector or in publicly supported housing.

    DRCPP seeks to eradicate counterproductive, misguided and unfair statutory and practical barriers to housing facing those with criminal records who are working to regain their lives and dignity. For example, DRCPP advocates at the federal and local levels for fewer record-based restrictions for access to federally supported housing. We also support a change in the McKinney Vento definition of homelessness that does not recognize individuals in jail or prison for longer than 90 days as in need of supportive housing for homeless individuals.

  • Financial Barriers to Successful Reentry

    Steady employment is critical to successful reintegration, curbing of recidivism and the overall promotion of public safety. Despite this fact, many counterproductive barriers still exist that undermine formerly incarcerated individuals’ best efforts to participate in the labor market and get back on their feet financially. Even when these men and women are able to find employment, they are often unable to make ends meet because of insurmountable child support debt that accumulated as they make $1/day in prison; or other mandatory fees and fines assessed as a result of their involvement in the system. Their wages can be garnished up to 60%, – a fact that further discourages people from staying on the right track during their reentry journey. These policies hamper employment and family reunification, thereby hurting families and communities that are already under distress. DRCPP works for policy changes to address these issues that will support economic independence and financial stability for our clients.

  • Promoting ATI + Sentencing Reform

    While New York has reduced its prison population, the impact of decades of tough on crime policies remains despite NY’s simultaneous success in improving public safety.  DRCPP works to right-size New York’s prison population by promoting alternatives to incarceration; sentencing reform efforts by advocating for a reentry-oriented sentencing code that minimizes the state’s use of incarceration; working with state officials to reduce re-incarceration on technical violations; working on implementation of Rockefeller Drug Law reform; and advocating for the closure of New York State correctional facilities that deplete our limited state resources.

  • Reentry Education Project (REP)

    HIV rates in NYC jails are three to four times higher than in the City’s general population. Upon release, those with HIV/AIDS frequently return to impoverished communities in which addiction and poor health is prevalent. Those who have been incarcerated often encounter a variety of barriers when seeking medical services. As one of NYC’s largest providers of reentry services, The Fortune Society has been awarded a NYC Health Department grant (2013-2016) to help medical personnel integrate culturally competent best practices into the HIV prevention, treatment and care they deliver to Harlem, South Bronx, South Jamaica and East NY residents who have been incarcerated.

Publications

The Fortune Society and the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) have always placed a premium on getting the word out. Founder David Rothenberg first launched The Fortune News in 1967, and we have continued to provided this important resource (for free) to all members of the Fortune family – both inside and out – ever since. Please email us if you would like to subscribe to the Fortune News or have it sent to a currently incarcerated friend or family member.

We also produce toolkits designed to help other advocates and agencies replicate our nationally-recognized service model and unique programs. Now you can download these publications, right here!

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