JAIL REFORM, SAFETY, AND JUSTICE IN NYC: Preventing Crime Through Better Jails

Thursday, December 8, 2022

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

An empty prison cell
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Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


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




How can more humane jails impact people held behind bars and society at large, and what are some successful examples? This panel — including jail and prison administrators — discusses what a functioning jail system can look like when oriented toward providing programs and meaningful supports to prevent and reduce crime.

Featuring: Leann K. Bertsch, senior vice president of corrections at Management and Training Corporation, former director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Luis Quinones, CUNY alumnus, former member and mentor at the Institute for Justice and Opportunity, and program manager for elder services at Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals; Stanley Richards, deputy chief executive officer of the Fortune Society; John Wetzel, former Pennsylvania secretary of corrections; and others. Moderated by Julio Medina, founder, executive director, and CEO of Exodus Transitional Community.

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.

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.