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  • October 17, 2019 ABC7
    City Council approves plan to close Rikers Island, replace it with borough-based jails

    In a historic vote on October 17, New York City Council approved a plan to close Rikers Island by 2026 and replace it with safer, more humane facilities.

  • October 15, 2019 Gotham Gazette
    I’ve Seen It First-Hand Over Decades and Know: Rikers Cannot Be Redeemed

    The Fortune Society's Executive Vice President Stanley Richards knows firsthand why Rikers Island must close—he spent two years there in confinement. In light of the final vote on the plan to close Rikers, he shares his story and speaks out about the irreparable, age-old institution.

  • October 15, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
    Becoming a parent: Rikers Island vs. maximum security prison

    With City Council’s vote on the plan to close Rikers taking place Friday, Fortune’s Gina Williams authored a powerful op-ed about the inhumane conditions she faced while pregnant at Rikers. Her story, along with many others, shows why Rikers must close.

  • September 19, 2019 Curbed New York
    What can New York City learn from Norway about designing humane jails?

    What can NYC learn from Europe as it seeks to close Rikers? Stanley Richards, Executive Vice President at The Fortune Society, is part of a delegation touring European jails to gain perspective on how NYC's facilities can rehabilitate—not punish.

  • August 28, 2019 The New York Jewish Week
    A Family’s Fortune: Tearing Out The Hate

    “Both of my parents had the capacity to remember both the worst and the best of their experiences in the Holocaust. I got that deep optimism from them. It’s about looking at a human being and seeing that spark there, no matter what their background is. Not giving up on people and giving them the chance to recreate themselves over and over no matter what they’ve done.”— JoAnne Page, President & CEO, The Fortune Society

  • August 20, 2019 Queens Patch
    Fortune Society Strengthens Executive Team with Key Appointments

    Fortune is excited to welcome two new members of its executive team. Lou Miceli, an entrepreneur and seasoned leader in youth and workforce development, joins as Chief Operating Officer. Donald Powell, a former Fortune employee, returns as Associate Vice President of Development and Communications as a seasoned fundraiser with decades of experience.

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