Upcoming Events Calendar

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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 formerly incarcerated people transition successfully from prison to community. Robert Riggs, an alumnus of the Bard Prison Initiative and a current doctoral student at New York University, will present his research about the social networks of people seeking to re-establish lives for themselves in the community. This presentation introduces a novel approach to thinking about and studying how individuals reintegrate into society through social networks, and demonstrates how a form of network inequality existed among study participants and influenced their prison-to-community transitions. In particular and contrary to conventional wisdom, certain types of prison-forged social ties were consistently important resources for men in this study. The presentation closes by considering possible gender differences in the social networks of formerly incarcerated people and by pointing out the study’s potential implications for social policy and reentry practice. Please join us for good food, good company, and a lively discussion of this cutting edge research on reentry.

Mon., June 15
6-8 PM
The Academy
Community Room
630 Riverside Drive

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June 16

The 1st Annual DRCPP (David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy) Media Awards For Excellence In The Field Of Criminal Justice

There will be light refreshments catered by Fortune’s staff and clients, and live music performed by John Runowicz and his fellow musicians, including a former Fortune client, on the beautiful Castle Gardens rooftop.

Tues., June 16
5:30-7:30 PM
The Fortune Society’s Castle Gardens
625 West 140th St.

To RSVP, e-mail rabreu@fortunesociety.org.


June 17

New York Reentry Roundtable: Description of NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) And Its Mission

—  Joli Ienuso, NEW program coordinator, will speak about NEW and what it has to offer the women who come for training, what is expected, and the services provided.
— Patricia Chambers Daly, NEW’s VP of development and external affairs, will assist Joli Ienuso in presenting NEW and the various ways it partners in the community.

Wed., June 17
1-3 PM
The Community Service Center of New York
Conference Room 4A
105 East 22nd St. at the corner of Park Ave. South

RSVP to Gabriel Torres-Rivera at grivera@cssny.org or call 212-614-5306.


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 bringing guests, please let us know how many.

Thurs., June 25
6-9 PM
John Jay College
2nd Floor Dining Room
524 West 59th St.

To RSVP, e-mail mcarey@collegeinitiative.org.


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 to help participants develop an in-depth understanding of its origins, principles, and application. The course will also include an exploration of the role of and impact on survivors of crime with a particular emphasis on trauma and power. In addition, participants will study accountability for those responsible for crime through a restorative justice lens. These sessions will culminate in an examination of the potential and limitations of restorative justice to address mass incarceration and structural racism. Participants will engage in critical dialogue about these processes in the contexts of history, power, and social change. Throughout the course and in the final week in particular, participants will be given an opportunity to understand and practice some of the core mechanics of restorative justice by focusing on the method of peacemaking circles.

Wednesdays: September 23 & 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4
6:30-8 PM
Silberman School of Social Work Hunter College/CUNY
2180 Third Ave.

Click here for more information and to register.


October 29

The Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit

Our main honoree and special guest speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, an author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Just Mercy,” and the leader of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Thurs., Oct. 29 Time and location TBA


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