Upcoming Events Calendar

Monday, February 16, 2015

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 prisons and jails. Presenting rarely seen vernacular, surveillance, evidentiary, and prisoner-made photographs, the exhibition sheds light on the prison industrial complex and those it confines. The works in Prison Obscura vary from aerial views of prison complexes to intimate portraits of incarcerated individuals.

Prison Obscura

Mon., Feb. 16-Fri., April 17
The New School
66 Fifth Ave. at 13th St.
NYC

For more information, click here.

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February 18

New York Reentry Roundtable: Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement

This workshop provides an overview of the housing court process, including descriptions of the types of proceedings commenced in housing court with a focus on typical nonpayment proceedings. The workshop will illustrate how social service professionals can negotiate their way through housing court and learn common defenses a tenant may employ.

New York Reentry Roundtable: Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Wed., Feb. 18
1-3 PM
Community Service Society
105 E 22nd St.
Conference Room 4A
NYC

For more information, click here. E-mail Gabriel Torres-Rivera at grivera@cssny.org.

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February 19

Think Outside The Cell: The Long Shadow Of Incarceration’s Stigma

A staggering 700,000 people are released from prison in the United States each year. When they reenter society they face widespread discrimination, including in employment, housing, higher education and voting. Who are these men and women? What are their struggles? What are their stories? And how are some beating the odds and succeeding? Come view this short documentary film and have a rich conversation about this topic with people who have lived it, including:

— Glenn Martin, founder of JustLeadershipUSA, which empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform.
— Ronald Day, associate vice president of policy at the fortune society, one of the nation’s leading reentry organizations.
— Donna Hylton, founder and CEO of from Life, LLC which promotes empowerment to  ward self-sufficiency and personal growth.

Think Outside The Cell: The Long Shadow Of Incarceration’s Stigma

Thurs., Feb. 19
5-6:45 PM
Harlem Library
9 West 124th St.
NYC

See the trailer for the film. For more information, click here.

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February 19

Overcoming Barriers For People With Criminal Records 

A combination of factors including laws, stigma, and fear of liability make it extremely challenging for individuals with criminal records to find employment and housing. This 2-hour training explains how New Yorkers with criminal records can improve their chances of finding employment and housing despite the barriers having a criminal record might pose.

Overcoming Barriers For People With Criminal Records 

Thurs., Feb. 19
11 AM-12:30 PM
CUCS Training Center
198 E 121st St.
NYC

For more information, click here. Registration required.

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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 Ford Foundation and Vera’s Common Justice project aim to take up an often overlooked dimension of this conversation: the experience of young men of color who survive violence.  This panel will bring together a wide range of perspectives—from prosecutors to faith leaders, members of Congress to psychiatrists–to address crucial questions about the violence young men experience and the support available to them in the aftermath of what they survive.  The dynamic conversation will aim to analyze the current landscape and chart a course forward toward a more equitable and effective response to harm. Speakers will include: District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Dr. Richard Dudley, Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, and Danielle Sered.

Young Men Of Color And The Other Side Of Harm: Addressing Disparities In Our Response To Violence

Mon., Feb. 23
5-7 PM
Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd St.
NYC

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

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February 26

Documentation In The Forensic Environment

We are pleased to have Jessica Glass, LCSW, Clinical Director of The Fortune Society’s Better Living Center (an Article 31 clinic) present a workshop on Documentation in the Forensic Environment.  This in-depth workshop will be relevant for providers both new to and currently working with court-involved youth.

Some behavioral health providers may be concerned about treating court-involved youth due to the possibility of becoming involved in a court case themselves. Anxiety about violating privacy and revealing information that could have a potentially negative impact on clients are two very real issues that need to be addressed in order to provide behavioral health services to this population. This workshop will focus on creating documentation that will provide the least possibility of negative exposure for the client (and the provider) while still being useful for his/her treatment. This training will also overlap with best documentation practices to satisfy and excel at OMH audits and managed care audits, and to satisfy records ordered by subpoena for acquisition of benefits such as SSI and SSD.  Such concepts as comprehensive biopsychosocial completion, treatment planning, and clinical note interventions will be covered.

Documentation In The Forensic Environment

Thurs., Feb. 26
9:30 AM-3 PM
The Coalition Of Behavioral Health Agencies
90 Broad St.
8th Fl.
NYC

For more information and to register online for this FREE event, click here.

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February 28

Education Inside And Out Of Prison: Past, Present, And Future

Empire State College, Brooklyn Unit, Education for All is pleased to announce an upcoming symposium entitled Education Inside and Out of Prison: Past, Present and Future. You are cordially invited to attend this exciting event. The symposium is planned as a part of the college’s Black History Month’s events. Our keynote speaker is the Reverend Vivian Nixon, ESC alumna and Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship. The day will be made up of a panel discussion focusing on topics such as the history of mass incarceration, the curtailing of prison college programs, Ban the Box, recent legislation and what the future looks like for formerly and currently incarcerated people in terms of education. There will also be heartfelt readings of letters from currently incarcerated people who are not able to access higher education, as well as breakout sessions in the afternoon.

Education Inside And Out Of Prison: Past, Present, And Future

Sat., Feb. 28
9 AM-3 PM
Empire State College Gallery
177 Livingston St.
6th floor
Brooklyn, NY

Please RSVP to esceducationforall@gmail.com.

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March 2

Incarceration’s Witnesses: American Prison Writing

A massive, open, on-line course (or MOOC) on the edX platform.  It is entirely free and launches on March 2. “Incarceration’s Witnesses” offers a history of the American prison through the writing produced by incarcerated people. Its premise is that no one has ever understood the prison as well as imprisoned people themselves.  No one but the imprisoned writer can tell us the full human cost of the current legal order. This is a literature that reaches from the gallows confessions of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, to the latest broadcast from Mumia Abu-Jamal. Reading and understanding this work is essential to a full understanding of the American experiment itself. The course includes includes videos, text, maps, interviews, on-line discussion groups, and links
to primary and secondary sources in the history of prisoner writing and prisons. There are no costs to participants. There is simply an opportunity to join others as we follow what incarcerated people have written throughout the troubling history of the prison in the U.S.

Incarceration’s Witnesses: American Prison Writing

Mon., Mar. 2

Online course launches on Mar. 5. For more information, click here.

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March 5

Prisoner Reentry Institute: Consequences For Communities

 The 2014-15 PRI Occasional Series on Reentry Research will highlight issues raised by the National Academy of Sciences’ groundbreaking report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Causes and Consequences. Please join us on Thursday, March 5th, 2015, for the fifth installment in this series, which will feature keynote speaker Dr. Todd Clear, Provost Rutgers University-Newark, presenting his recent research “Predicting Crime Through Incarceration: The Impact of Rates of Prison Cycling on Rates of Crime in Communities”. This groundbreaking work, co-authored by Natasha Frost, Geert Dhondt, Michael Carr, and Anthony Braga explores the hypothesis that the effects of mass incarceration work to increase, rather than decrease, neighborhood crime rates. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.The event will be held in moot court on the sixth floor of John Jay College’s New Building, with bagels & coffee available at 8:30am and the speakers beginning promptly at 9am. In addition to remarks by each featured speaker, the day will include a moderated panel discussion and audience Q & A.

Prisoner Reentry Institute: Consequences For Communities

Thurs., Mar. 5
8:30 AM
John Jay College’s New Building
Moot Court
6th floor
524 West 59th St.
NYC

Click here for more information and to register.

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March 5-6

Beyond The Bars: Transforming (In)Justice

Featuring Michelle Alexander. This year’s Beyond the Bars conference will focus on the idea of transformation.  Due to the work of so many of you, people across the country are increasingly aware of the racial, economic and social injustices that have come from what we now call mass incarceration, and what some are beginning to refer to as mass criminalization.  Individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, political bodies and more, are working on changing criminal justice policies across the carceral continuum from policing, to the courts, to the jails and prisons, and to the barriers and conditions for people returning from incarceration. The questions this conference will pose are: How do we work towards lasting transformative change? How do we develop a framework for changing the way our country seeks  justice that does not perpetuate the roots of the problems that have led us here? How do we create change that addresses the systemic marginalization vis-a-vis racism, classism, patriarchy and the countless other isms, while also addressing the need for individual accountability and the safety of our communities and our society? What is a transformative agenda for changing the way we seek justice?

Beyond The Bars: Transforming (In)Justice

Thurs., Mar. 5-Fri., Mar. 6
Columbia University Center For Justice

For more information, click here.

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March 16 (tentatively rescheduled for this date from 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 science of positive youth development. A follow up symposium in April will focus more on the practice of positive youth development. More details TBA.

The Science Of Positive Youth Development: “Can Youth Justice Be Compatible With Science?”

Mon., March 16 (tentatively rescheduled for this date from January 28)
8:30 AM-1:30 PM
John Jay College
2nd floor dining hall
524 West 59th St.
NYC

For more information, click here.

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