While New York is regarded as a national leader in criminal justice reform, it is a distinct outlier when it comes to the number of people incarcerated for technical parole violations. Ranked second-highest in the nation, nearly 40% of individuals sent to New York state prisons each year are incarcerated for a technical parole violation rather than a new criminal conviction. In July of this year, the New York State Bar Association launched a task force to examine the parole system, including parole violations, and make recommendations for reform. Join us for a presentation outlining their findings, along with proposed administrative, policy and legal solutions. Speakers will include:
1. A discussion of the Task Force report by co-chairs Seymour W. James, Jr., Esq. and William T. Russell, Jr., Esq.
Moderated by Bernard Harcourt, Esq., Executive Director of the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, and the founding director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.
2. A response panel featuring:
- Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney (invited)
- Donna Hylton, criminal justice advocate, author, and founder of A Little Piece of Light
- Tyler Nims, Executive Director of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform (Lippman Commission)
- Dr. Vanda Seward, Professor of Criminal Justice at CUNY Kingsborough and former Statewide Director of Reentry Services for New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Moderated by Vincent Schiraldi, Co-Director of the Columbia Justice Lab and former Commissioner of New York City Probation
Lunch will be served.
This event is cosponsored by the Columbia Justice Lab, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, the Columbia Criminal Justice Action Network, the Columbia Law School Black Law Students' Association, and Social Justice Initiatives.