Category Archives: Featured

Applauding SUNY’s Decision to #BanTheBox

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In a major step forward for formerly incarcerated people, the State University of New York (SUNY) recently voted to remove the question about criminal history from its student application. This decision comes after the SUNY Board of Trustees heard testimony…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Remembering Attica: Words from David Rothenberg

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Forty-five years ago, I was a member of the Attica Observers Committee during the historic uprisings at Attica State Prison. These riots were organized by incarcerated people who demanded basic rights and more humane prison conditions. I was called to…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Meet Halimah, Actress for Social Change

Monday, September 12, 2016

I started working at The Fortune Society out of the desire to continue my fulfilling career in Human Services and become involved with Case Management. As a Transitional Specialist for our Drop-In Center, I travel to Rikers Island twice a…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Celebrating Labor and Overcoming its Barriers

Monday, August 29, 2016

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor the workers who keep our economy thriving. From factory employees to administrative assistants, construction workers to chefs, millions of Americans work tirelessly for their families each day. In doing so, they uphold…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Acceptance Of Our Flaws Creates Room For Change

Monday, August 15, 2016

As a young man in my 20’s attending college, I read for the first time the German poet Rainer Rilke’s letter addressing youthful angst. He wrote, “The future stands firm my son, yet we move in infinite space.” This statement…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Individuals With Justice Involvement

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

During my time at The Fortune Society, I have come to appreciate an important component of our mission: never giving up on individuals with justice involvement regardless of how many chances they need at rebuilding their lives. I personally benefitted…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Overcoming Barriers to Reentry as a Veteran With Justice Involvement

Monday, August 1, 2016

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2011-2012, approximately 181,500 veterans were serving time in correctional facilities. Additionally, incarcerated veterans are more than twice as likely to report PTSD diagnoses as non-veterans. For formerly incarcerated veterans, the challenges of reentry…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Championing Alternatives to Incarceration to Keep Families Together

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Fortune Society has a reputation for providing model services to people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. These services are essential for increasing public safety, promoting self-sufficiency, and reducing the harm associated with incarceration. While I…Read More

Categories: Community, Featured

Fortune Plays The Nurturing Role of Family For Our Clients

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Three events took place during the early days of The Fortune Society that highlighted the significance of familial ties (or the lack thereof) for currently or formerly incarcerated people. On Christmas Eve of 1969, a man appeared at Fortune’s future…Read More

Categories: Community, Events, Featured


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