Upcoming Events of Interest

Monday, May 9th, 2016 — 1:00- 2:00pm

Foundations for Youth Success Webinar: Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice

Join Casey Trupin from the Raikes Foundation and Lisa Pilnik from the Coalition for Juvenile Justice to discuss the substantial and troubling link between the juvenile/criminal justice system and youth homelessness. Because interactions between youth and various aspects of the justice system (law enforcement, prosecution, detention, re-entry) can and do lead to initial or exacerbated periods of homelessness, a systemic response to youth homelessness must include policy and practice improvements to the justice system. The webinar will review research related to this nexus, identify promising areas for reform, and discuss the role that funders are playing or could play at the local, state, and national level.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 — 5:00 – 7:30pm

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Resetting Bail—the Price of Justice in New York City

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
5:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Unfairness in the city’s bail system is costing us too much.

New York City is taking a hard look at our bail system at a time when there is new energy for reform: in the last year, bail has been taken up in late-night comedy sketches from John Oliver*, impassioned speeches by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, a dedicated reality TV show on bail bondsmen in New York City, and in-depth investigative reporting by the news and other media.

Join the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Vera Institute of Justice in an engaging discussion about the way our City’s bail system works, strategies for making it more fair and effective, and the pioneering practices already in place to inspire enduring change. Read Vera’s first installment in a new blog series to learn more about how the bail system works and why reform is so urgently needed.

Our communities and our City can’t afford to get bail wrong. Advocates and policymakers don’t have all of the answers.

We’re looking for the next bold, big idea on bail. Come and help us find it.

*Not to be outdone by John Oliver, comedian Phoebe Robinson (of 2 Dope Queens fame) will be joining us!

SPEAKERS (list in formation)

Chiraag Bains, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice

Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Honorable George Grasso, Supervising Judge of New York City Criminal Court Arraignments

Jonathan Hayes, Senior Associate at ideas42

Robyn Mar, Deputy Director of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders

Judge Robert M. Levy, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York

Miriam Popper, Program Director of Alternatives to Detention and Incarceration at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Insha Rahman, Senior Planner on Bail Reform at the Vera Institute of Justice

Phoebe Robinson, Stand-up Comedian and Writer

Nicholas Turner, President and Director of the Vera Institute of Justice

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