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  • #LessIsMoreNY Day of Action!

    Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    With more than 5,000 New Yorkers incarcerated throughout the state for minor technical parole violations, urgent action must be taken. It is critical that #LessIsMoreNY is passed during this legislative session.

    Join us to call on Governor Cuomo, and the legislature, to pass #LessIsMoreNY!

    Register in advance at bit.ly/LIMNY-ACTION.

  • #LessIsMoreNY Town Hall with New York State Senator Brian Benjamin

    Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 06:00 PM

    Join New York State Senator Brian Benjamin and the #LessIsMoreNY Coalition for a conversation on the need for parole reform on Wednesday, March 3rd from 6 p.m to 7 p.m., via zoom.

    Register to participate via Zoom here and watch live at facebook.com/NYSenBenjamin.

     

     

  • #LessIsMoreNY Day of Action!

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    With more than 5,000 New Yorkers incarcerated throughout the state for minor technical parole violations, urgent action must be taken. It is critical that #LessIsMoreNY is passed during this legislative session.

    Join us to call on Governor Cuomo, and the legislature, to pass #LessIsMoreNY!

    Register in advance at bit.ly/LIMNY-ACTION.

  • NYC BAR Webcast: Jailed Without a Crime: How Technical Parole Violations Drive Mass Incarceration in New York and What to Do About It

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 06:30 PM

    Each day more than 5,000 people are incarcerated across New York State not because they have committed a crime but rather for failing to follow the stringent rules set by their parole officers. Such so-called “technical” violations include being late for curfew, testing positive for alcohol use, or missing an appointment with a parole officer. Punishment for these lapses is a major driver of mass incarceration in New York with no discernible benefit to public safety and poses a substantial obstacle to reform efforts, such as closing Rikers Island. Parole exacerbates the already-extreme racial inequities in criminal justice with Black and Latinx people disproportionately supervised and jailed for violations. These trends have continued unabated even as COVID-19 has spread uncontrollably through jails and prisons with lethal consequences, costing the lives of at least two people jailed for technical violations.

    Learn more about the substantial financial and human cost of parole supervision in New York, its origins and failings, and pending reform efforts, including the proposed Less is More Act, which has been endorsed by prosecutors, lawmakers, and criminal justice reform advocates across the State. Our panel includes experts from criminal defense, community and advocacy organizations, academia, former New York City and State corrections officials, and previously incarcerated people who have experienced parole supervision firsthand.

    Moderator:

    Zachary Katznelson, Policy Director, Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform

    Panelists:

    Wesley Caines, Chief of Staff, The Bronx Defenders
    Laura Eraso, Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Parole Revocation Defense Unit
    Donna Hylton, President & Founder, A Little Piece of Light
    Vincent Schiraldi, Co-Director, The Justice Lab at Columbia University; formerly Commissioner, New York City Department of Probation
    Dr. Vanda Seward, Professor of Criminal Justice, Kingsborough Community College; formerly Statewide Director of Reentry Services, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
    Kenyatta Thompson, Lead Community Organizer, Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice

    Sponsoring Association Committee:

    Corrections & Community Reentry, Gregory D. Morril, Chair

    Co-Sponsoring Committees:

    Criminal Justice Operations, Tess Cohen, Chair
    Mass Incarceration Task Force, Sean Hecker, Chair

    Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 

    New York City Bar Association
    The Justice Lab at Columbia University
    Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice
    The Legal Aid Society
    A Little Piece of Light
    A More Just NYC
    We Are Unchained

    Related Report:

    Support for the Less is More Act

    Program Fee:

    Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 for Non-Member Lawyers
    Non-Lawyers please CLICK HERE to register.

    Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details of how to access the webinar.

  • #LessIsMoreNY Day of Action!

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    With more than 5,000 New Yorkers incarcerated throughout the state for minor technical parole violations, urgent action must be taken. It is critical that #LessIsMoreNY is passed during this legislative session.

    Join us to call on Governor Cuomo, and the legislature, to pass #LessIsMoreNY!

    Register in advance at bit.ly/LIMNY-ACTION.

  • #LessIsMoreNY Day of Action!

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    With more than 5,000 New Yorkers incarcerated throughout the state for minor technical parole violations, urgent action must be taken. It is critical that #LessIsMoreNY is passed during this legislative session.

    Join us to call on Governor Cuomo, and the legislature, to pass #LessIsMoreNY!

    Register in advance at bit.ly/LIMNY-ACTION.

  • #LessIsMoreNY Day of Action!

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    With more than 5,000 New Yorkers incarcerated throughout the state for minor technical parole violations, urgent action must be taken. It is critical that #LessIsMoreNY is passed during this legislative session.

    Join us to call on Governor Cuomo, and the legislature, to pass #LessIsMoreNY!

    Register in advance at bit.ly/LIMNY-ACTION.