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Stanley Richards’ appointment as First Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Correction brings The Fortune Society great pride

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society issued the following statement:

For more than 30 years, Stan has been an indomitable force at The Fortune Society leading us with vision, compassion and strength. His tireless work developing effective programs, smart policies and progressive legislation has saved the lives of countless thousands of justice-involved people. Through word and example, he has shown everyone who comes through our doors that a kid from the Bronx can overcome a troubled past and achieve great things.

On a personal note, I have had the privilege and joy of working shoulder to shoulder with Stan for decades in leading Fortune. Under his leadership, we have grown as provider and, today, serve more than 9,000 formerly incarcerated individuals annually.  We have also led the way in advocacy in such areas as combatting housing discrimination based on criminal record and working to close Rikers Island.

With his lived experience on both sides of the bars, Stan brings to DOC a keen understanding of what works and what doesn’t. As the City moves to close Rikers Island and create a safer and more humane correctional system, there is no one better to help lead the way than Stanley Richards. Commissioner Schiraldi has chosen wisely.

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