The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of January 18, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform.


At Visit to Supportive Housing, Mayor de Blasio Announces Task Force to Help Deliver 15,000 New Units

At a visit to Catholic Charities Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Residence, a supportive housing program, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the formation of a Supportive Housing Task Force to help the city implement its plan to create 15,000 units of supportive housing …

City of New York Office of the Mayor


Forging a Path to True Criminal Justice Reform in New York

Opinion: In my 26 years as president and chief executive officer of The Fortune Society, I have witnessed incarceration rates swell even as crime rates plummeted. Our nation has plowed full steam ahead adopting harsh policies that have made us the largest jailer in the world. Our criminal justice system has not made our communities safer; rather, it has fractured families alienated communities and further marginalized low-income minorities …

The Huffington Post


Greenpoint Artist Guiding Himself to New Life Through Paintings — with Pens

An artist with a sketchy past that includes four jail sentences is using his talent to paint with pens to create a remarkable new life for himself. Brooklyn reporter Jeanine Ramirez explains …

New York 1


New York Jail Agency Seeks to Delay Ending Isolation for Young Adults

After a series of assaults on guards at Rikers Island, the New York City Correction Department is seeking to delay a plan announced last year to eliminate the use of solitary confinement citywide for inmates ages 18 to 21 …

New York Times


Board of Correction Grants Extension for Young Adult Housing Program

The city’s Board of Correction granted a six-month extension requested by the Department of Correction on Tuesday, allowing the city to further delay implementing a plan to end solitary confinement for 18- to 21-year-old inmates …

Capital New York


Helping Drug-Addicted Inmates Break the Cycle

A week before 22-year-old Joe White was slated for release from the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, 26 law enforcement officials and social workers huddled around a table to discuss his prospects on the outside. For substance abusers like White, they aren’t good …

The Pew Charitable Trusts


NYC’s Homeless Skeptical of Programs Intended to Help Them

A surge in homelessness is bedeviling New York City, and dozens of homeless people made it clear in interviews that it will take more than outreach programs by the mayor and governor to bring them in from the cold …

Associated Press


If You Blinked, You Missed When Obama Made Criminal Justice Reform History

Those who watched Barack Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday might have missed a moment of historical importance in the first minute of his speech. The president called on Congress to “work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform” …

The Guardian


As Cuomo Acts on Homeless Problem, New York City Blames State Cuts

Hopping from one interview to the next, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York hit the news media circuit to convey the urgency of the surprise executive order he issued last week requiring local governments to move homeless people off the streets when the temperature goes below freezing …

New York Times


A Governor, a Commissioner and a New Take On Prison

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is pushing to make Connecticut the first state to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 21, and correction commissioner, Scott Semple, is planning a prison exclusively for inmates no older than 25, the age when many experts consider the human brain mature …

The Connecticut Mirror 


Opinion: A Quiet Milestone for Criminal Justice Reform

While millions of Americans sat in their homes listening to the president address the nation on Tuesday night, more than 2.4 million Americans sat behind bars. Across a vast network of jails and prisons, millions of Americans cope with the consequences of past mistakes, many of them serving unnecessarily long sentences, and many of them wrestling with untreated mental health conditions and drug addiction – all reminders of just how broken our justice system is ..


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