Police Reform: How to Invest in Communities to Improve Safety

OCT 20, 2021 | 7:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


October 20, 2021: 7:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


Public Programs



While the slogans "Defund the Police" or "Disinvest and Reinvest" have received national attention, what would it really look like to move dollars from the police and reinvest in community resources? What would we invest in and why? What is the road map for getting there, and what is possible in the current political climate? Featuring: Ana M. Bermúdez, commissioner of the NYC Department of Probation; Elizabeth Glazer, former director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; David Kennedy, professor of criminal justice at John Jay College and executive director of the National Network for Safe Communities; and Rev. Rubén Austria, executive director of Community Connections for Youth. 
Police Reform: A Two-Part Series, Fall 2021
Police reform is one of the most important and pressing issues confronting NYC and communities across America. In a follow-up to the successful public event “Re-imagining Policing” in spring 2020, we present two conversations this fall, delving more deeply into the topic. The first event (October 13) looks at the broad issue of community safety and what it means to keep our communities safe, exploring policy solutions and actions that can transform the role of policing, enforcement, and preventing crime in our society. The second event (October 20) explores what justice reinvestment is and how we can make investments to improve community safety.
Presented by the Graduate Center’s Office of Public Programs, the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, and the Center for Urban Research.

This event will take place online, and closed captions will be provided. Please contact Jimmy Cok at jcok@gc.cuny.edu with additional accessibility requests, questions, or concerns.