If you take a close look at the sorry state of crime and justice in America three interwoven themes quickly become apparent. First, there are far too many people in prison or otherwise impacted by the reach of the criminal justice system. In America today, 2.3 million people are in jail or prison. The figure rises to six million if you count everyone in prison, on probation or out on parole. The vast majority of these people committed non-violent crimes. Over a quarter of our nation’s population — 65 million of us — have a criminal record. Click Here to Continue Reading.
Excerpt: Keynote speaker Dr. Alice Green, known for her years of activism in Albany, said she was not a “brought-in,” but had worked at the Hudson School For Girls in the 1960s, and had also volunteered at the Hudson Correctional Facility until 2000, when she was barred “as a threat to the safety and security of 72,000 prisoners and workers. I said I’m only 5-foot-two and 125 pounds.” The five keys for Black America, she said, are to rebuild the black family, provide black boys with strong, positive mentors, control electronic media’s influence on young people, get out and deal in businesses and learn the technology and develop mentoring programs for entrepreneurship, business and related fields. Click Here to continue reading.
Excerpt: To be sure, the Correctional Association supports closing prisons. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however, should not move forward with his proposal to close the Bayview and Beacon correctional facilities without a plan to replicate the critical opportunities women and families will lose if these prisons shut their doors. Click Here to continue reading
Excerpt: “‘New York state taxpayers simply cannot afford for the state to treat our prison system like a job program when we have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation and far fewer inmates in our correctional system,’ said Azzopardi in a statement.”
In a recent episode of Religion and Ethics Newsweekly Mark Maurer of The Sentencing Project discusses the rising prison population and questions the ethical complications of imprisoning people for the sole purpose of making money. Click here to this episode, which aired on PBS on January 11, 2013.
Panel discussion featuring Alice Green, PhD and Executive Director of Albany NY’s Center for Law and Justice. Also Derek Anderson and Cedrick Fulton, who spent 30 years and 17 years, respectively in prison for drug related crimes. Moderator, Linda Mussmann, Co-director, Time and Space Limited. Click Here to view the discussion.
Excerpt: During a panel discussion at Time and Space Limited in Hudson Thursday, two men who together spent nearly 50 years incarcerated for drug-related crimes joined in a talk considering the impacts of a fierce nationwide crackdown on drugs in recent decades. Linda Mussmann, co-owner of TSL, moderated the panel, titled “The impact of the ‘war on drugs’ on our community and across the USA,” which included Alice Green, executive director of Albany’s Center for Law and Justice. Read More…
The African American Cultural has recently announced the appointment of two key positions to the organization. Nell Stokes-Holmes has been named Interim Executive Director and Linda Jackson-Chalmers was selected Chairperson of the Board’s Program Committee. Click here to learn more.