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Reducing Incarceration: Endless Punishment, Long-Term Sentences, and Aging in Prison— Release and Reentry

The Justice Initiative at Columbia University

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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Reducing Incarceration: Addressing Punishment, Long-Term Sentences, and Aging in Prison” is a symposium coordinated by Columbia University’s Justice Initiative, with the co-sponsorship of our partners: the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (RAPP; http://nationinside.org/campaign/release-of-aging-people-in-prison/), the Correctional Association of New York (www.correctionalassociation.org), the Osborne Association (http://www.osborneny.org), the Be the Evidence Project (www.fordham.edu/btep), and the Florence V. Burden Foundation.

  • Where: Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health (the Mailman Auditorium of the Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 West 168th Str.)
  • When: Friday 28 March, 10am-5pm.


Among the presenters will be

  • Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York
  • Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project
  • Phyllis Harrison-Ross, MD, Commissioner, New York State Commission of Correction
  • Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
  • Larry White, Organizer of the Hope Lives for Lifers Project at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  • Mujahid Farid, Lead Organizer of the Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign
  • Brian Fischer, former Commissioner of Department of Correction & Community Supervision
  • Edward Hammock, former Chair of the New York State Parole Board
  • Will Bunting, Economist at the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate
  • Sandra Pullman, Assistant New York State Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau
  • Danylle Rudin, Executive Director, Florence V. Burden Foundation
  • Liz Gaynes, Executive Director of the Osborne Association
  • Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, Associate Professor, Fordham University, Executive Director of the Be The Evidence Project
  • Karen Murtagh, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
  • Jamie Fellner, Esq., Senior Advisor of the U.S. Program of Human Rights Watch
  • Rev. N.J. L'Heureux, Executive Director Queens Federation of Churches 


This is an important issue, as you may know, as recent reports have demonstrated that the existence of a growing population of elderly and aging people in prisons is one of the many effects of mass incarceration over the past 30 years. Mandatory minimum sentence laws of the 1980s and after have placed many individuals in long-term sentences, sentences which are not particularly commensurate with the crimes for which they were convicted. In addition to that problem, one of the issues we’re addressing is that of increasingly difficult parole criteria. In New York State, we have observed that parole boards quite often judge applicants on the seriousness of the original crime, not their demonstrated rehabilitation.

 

The agenda for the day is as follows:

 

Event

Time

Opening Remarks

10:15 – 10:30

Panel 1, Living Conditions for Aging and Elderly Individuals Inside Prisons

10:30 – 11:45

Break

11:45 – 12:00

Panel 2, Barriers to Release

12:00 – 1:15

Lunch

1:15 – 2:30

Panel 3, Successful Reentry of Returning Citizens

2:30 – 3:45

Break

3:45 – 4:00

Panel 4, Potential Strategies

4:00 – 5:15

 

We hope that you will be able to join us for a discussion of this increasingly important issue that affects thousands of New Yorkers and their families.

Have questions about Reducing Incarceration: Endless Punishment, Long-Term Sentences, and Aging in Prison— Release and Reentry? Contact The Justice Initiative at Columbia University

When & Where


Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
722 W 168th St
Mailman Auditorium, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10032

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)


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The Justice Initiative at Columbia University

The Justice Initiative at Columbia University is committed to reducing the nations’ reliance on incarceration.  It is dedicated to transforming a criminal justice system from one that is driven by punishment and retribution to one that is centered on prevention and healing.  The Initiative is a campus-wide transdisciplinary project that works in three areas: education, research and policy.  It collaborates with centers, institutes and departments across Columbia, other institutions of higher learning and with community-based organizations, advocates and those directly affected by the criminal justice system.

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