The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of February 20, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

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

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How one nonprofit breaks the cycle of incarceration

Staffed mostly by [formerly incarcerated] people, The Fortune Society works to build a safety net for its clients, even before they’re released from jail or prison.

CityLabs

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This small token shows love to those affected by incarceration

A new greeting card line aims to help families communicate with loved ones experiencing incarceration. The Fortune Society is mentioned in this inspiring story.

NationSwell

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Sanctuary cities in name only

It’s not enough for cities like New York to declare themselves “sanctuaries,” which simply means that the local police won’t detain noncitizens on the federal government’s behalf. If cities really want to protect immigrants, they must also end the quota-driven style of policing that makes immigrants the victims of unnecessary arrests and disproportionate punishment.

The New York Times

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Assembly passes Raise the Age as budget negotiations continue

The New York State Assembly passed legislation that would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old. That piece is key for the Assembly’s Majority Democrats as the calendar moves deeper into budget negotiation season. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included Raise the Age legislation in his budget, but past efforts to get those under the age of 18 out of adult prisons and tried in the family court system for most crimes has fallen flat.

Times Union

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City’s jail oversight board says DOC can continue to put [incarcerated people] in restraint desks on Rikers

Last month, NY1 obtained images showing young [incarcerated people] in restraint desks. The desks are used in a restrictive housing unit that is meant to replace solitary confinement for young [incarcerated people]. Critics say these [incarcerated individuals] are chained by the ankle for hours at a time. They have called it torture.

NY1

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Is prison the answer to violence:  Q&A with Danielle Sered, founder and director of Common Justice

Danielle Sered is the founder and director of Common Justice, which works with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and crime victims to negotiate alternatives to prison for people who commit violent felonies. Her report, “Accounting for Violence: How to Increase Safety and Reduce our Failed Reliance on Incarceration,” has just been published by the Vera Institute of Justice.

The Marshall Project

 

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