We are excited to share ‘Behind the Bird,’ additional content around the theme of our most recent edition of Fortune News, Prison Conditions Inside and Out. These articles highlight additional guest writers and include extended versions of pieces in the publication.
Our second installment of “Behind the Bird” details one of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy’s legislative priorities for 2022, Reentry from the Inside Out (RIO). Our Policy Counsel, Lily Shapiro, shares why this bill is so critical.
We all know that people returning from prison face barriers to signing up for public benefits, accessing necessary treatment, getting jobs and finding stable places to live. These barriers have an even bigger impact on people and communities of color across New York State, since people of color are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates. We also know that having a government-issued identification card – that does not define a person as recently-released, setting them up to be stigmatized and judged – is a necessary key to opening so many doors. That is why one of Fortune’s top policy priorities for 2022 is getting the “Re-Entry from the Inside Out” (RIO) bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Hochul.
RIO would accomplish four main things:
We are going to fight for the passage of RIO because we believe that everyone deserves to come home connected to the tools, benefits and services they need to support themselves and their families.