JAIL REFORM, SAFETY, AND JUSTICE IN NYC: Understanding Alternatives to Incarceration

Thursday, November 17, 2022

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

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Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


This program is offered as both an in-person and livestream event. Choose one:




The high-profile bail reform legislation enacted in 2020 is just one example of the alternatives to incarceration that New York City has developed in recent years. How effective have alternatives to incarceration been, and what are other ways to reduce the city’s reliance on jail? Legal thinkers, defense attorneys, and prosecutors bring to light the data behind these alternatives and what reforms are still needed to make communities safe.

Featuring: Sherene Crawford, executive assistant DA, Pathways to Public Safety, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; Ann-Marie Lousion, chief impact officer, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES); and Julia Solomons, senior social worker, The Bronx Defenders. Moderated by Krystal Rodriguez, policy director, Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College.

Headshots of four panelists, "Understanding Alternatives to Incarceration"

Jail Reform, Safety, and Justice in NYC:
A Three-Part Series

With fear of violent crime on the rise, a broken jail system creating dangerous conditions on Rikers and beyond, and calls for reform of the criminal legal system growing louder, what can be done? Is it possible for reform and community safety to move forward simultaneously? Picking up where our highly acclaimed fall 2021 Police Reform series left off, this three-part series will dive deep into new ideas for bringing about meaningful change.

Reserve for other series events:

Rethinking Rikers and the Role of the Courts
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.

Reimagining the Purpose and Function of Jail 
Thursday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.

Presented with the CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance.

In-person attendees will be checked in at the door. Visitors to the Graduate Center must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR) test performed by an accredited lab taken no more than seven days prior to the visit. One-day visitors may submit proof of vaccination by presenting either a CDC Vaccination Card or the NYS Excelsior Pass or supplying proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test by presenting a copy of the lab results.

CUNY students, faculty, and staff must comply with the University’s vaccine policies. Faculty, staff, and students with verified proof of vaccination will use the CUNY Access Pass in Cleared4 to enter the Graduate Center. Please follow the steps outlined in the Building Entry Policy.

Please see Building Entry Policy for more information.

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at jcok@gc.cuny.edu for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events, at least two weeks in advance of the event.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.