The Harlem Community Justice Center's Reentry Services are located in East Harlem
The choir started off the celebration this year at the Reentry Court Graduation
During the summer, we host a block party and celebration for Reentry clients and their families
Jul 31, 2015
Feb 8, 2015
|Reentry client receiving a "Welcome Home" care package|
Nov 26, 2014
Written by Linda Steele, Raising My Voice Trainer and Workforce Development Specialist at the Harlem Community Justice Center
Aug 26, 2014
The proliferation of evidence-based risk assessment tools has generally been seen by progressives and conservatives alike as a good thing. These tools, as pointed out in the Time article, have saved states millions of dollars through reduced prison populations without compromising public safety.
As a mountain of social scientific evidence over the past 20 years makes clear, decision making in the criminal justice process is froth with racial and class bias. Michelle Alexander in her book the New Jim Crow chronicles the evolution of the American racial caste system from slavery through mass incarceration. She writes:
Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal
Evidence-based risk assessments have gain currency in criminal justice reform circles because they reduce the subjective bias of individual decision makers in the criminal justice process. Ideally, they provide an objective assessment of a person's risk to re-offend that can be factored into decision making. Yet, how these tools are constructed and used is worthy of continued discussion and research.
Aug 25, 2014