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Wednesday, July 18, 2018


6:00 - 8:00 PM


Castle Gardens
Large Conference Room
625 W. 140th St.
New York, NY 10031

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Rikers: An American Jail – Film Screening and Discussion

Rikers: An American Jail, a riveting documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with individuals who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other incarcerated individuals, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

RSVP below and join us for a free screening of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion. 

For any questions about the event, contact Christina Morse at cmorse@fortunesociety.org or 646.308.6982.

The panel discussion following the film will be moderated by Khalil A. Cumberbatch, Fortune’s Associate Vice President of Policy, and will feature three of the individuals that appeared in the film:

Kathy MorseKathy Morse

Kathy Morse is an advocate on social justice issues, concentrating on incarcerated women and adolescents with a focus on improving the quality of educational programming in jails and prisons as well as the community upon release.  Kathy is one of the founders of the “CloseRosies” campaign, as well as an active member of numerous criminal justice reform organizations and reentry task force committees.

Ismael NazarioIsmael Nazario

Ismael Nazario is a formerly incarcerated prison reform/social justice/human rights advocate currently working at The Fortune Society as a Database Systems Analyst. Ismael has worked with numerous advocacy projects such as the Raise the Age campaign, Banning Solitary Confinement, and Rikers Reform, and received the Peabody Award for Community Activism in 2015.

Barry CampbellBarry Campbell

Barry Campbell describes himself as a “systems baby,” having experienced foster care, the juvenile justice system, incarceration at Rikers Island as a youth, and prison as an adult.  Barry came to The Fortune Society as a client in 1992 after serving 2 1/2 years in a NYS prison, successfully completed substance use treatment at Fortune, and progressed at the agency from intern to his current position as Special Assistant to the CEO and President.

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