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To combat crime, pick up the trash

Mayor Adams is rummaging through a familiar toolbox to address violent crime in New York City. That includes reviving a discredited anti-gun unit responsible for repeated excessive use of force, clearing encampments where unhoused persons sleep, pushing for changes to state law to enable prosecutors to charge more 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, and increasing the NYPD’s budget by $152 million.
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Roe is over. Prison sentences are on the way.

Women are being incarcerated for their family planning decisions, and the floodgates on new punishments are about to open.
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Resilia Partners with Galaxy Gives to Support 25 Galaxy Leaders and their Organizations Focused on Criminal Justice Reform

Resilia Partners with Galaxy Gives to Support 25 Galaxy Leaders and their Organizations Focused on Criminal Justice Reform
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Attica’s problem is a culture of violence, not physical rot

All across New York state, prisons are closing down as the number of incarcerated persons continues to fall. And yet at one infamous state prison – Attica Correctional, site of a bloody 1971 prison revolt and still one of the most notoriously violent prisons in the country – new construction and a capital improvement project are being planned.
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Prisons Overuse Strip Searches to Dehumanize People Like Me. End This Horrific Practice Now.

New York, where I was incarcerated, should respect the bodily integrity and human dignity of those it holds in prison, as should every state.
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Hyper-Policing is the Wrong Response to Brooklyn Subway Attack

"The tragedy occurred despite the massive resources poured into NYPD and the continued expansion of its law enforcement powers."
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For New York to recover, we need to wipe the slate clean

We talk of formerly incarcerated individuals as having paid their debt to society, of having done their time. The reality is starkly different.
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Pleasure, Delayed: This Juneteenth Should Include Freedom to Use Drugs

This year, Juneteenth is taking its rightful place as a more meaningful celebration of freedom than July 4 ever could be. It’s a day for rest, celebration, webinars and parties alike devoted to Black freedom, and, I hope, pleasure. Included in that pleasure should be a freedom to use drugs in whichever way we desire⁠—something that has been denied to Black people in this country for its entire history.
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What Cabán Accomplished

I wrote this op-ed today for the Daily News — about how Cabán’s fight to become DA for Queens affects the criminal justice reform conversation among Democratic presidential candidates for 2020.
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More Freedom, Less Fear-mongering

Why reducing our prison and jail population during this public health crisis should be celebrated not attacked.
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Giving prisoners a shot at a college education can turn lives around. But they need the government’s help.

I wrote this oped for CNN Business Perspectives on why we need to invest in expanding pell to included incarcerated people. See the original story here.
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Criminal justice reform in NYC isn’t near finished

I wrote this oped for the New York Daily News on why now is not the time to pull back on criminal justice reform in NYC and instead why we need to invest in a new vision for public safety that works for all New Yorkers. See the original story here.
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Thousands of people who were released from prison due to the pandemic are now thriving with their families. But if Biden doesn’t act now, they will be cruelly sent back.

I wrote this oped for business insider to drive attention towards the 4,000 people released from federal prison due to COVID-19 senselessly at risk of being sent back to prison by the Biden Administration. You can see the original article here.
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This Criminal Justice Reform Funder Is Backing Those Impacted by the System to Lead the Way

Inside Philanthropy published this story on the relaunch of our Galaxy Leaders Program which invests in emerging directly impacted leaders fighting for justice. You can read the original story here.
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Opinion: One of the most egregious injustices — the death penalty — can be abolished if investors take a stand

I wrote this oped for Market Watch to call on my peers to use their platform to call for abolishing the Death Penalty. The time is now to end this stain on our national consciousness. You can see the original article here.
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Opinion: Rising gun violence and shocking crimes require sober analysis, not knee-jerk responses

I wrote this oped for City and State because I believe we need to invest in making New Yorkers safe, but that failed punitive policies, like reinstating cash bail for low level offenses, are not the answer. You can see the original article here.
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Galaxy Gives: Promoting Ideas for Justice

Mike Novogratz’s blog about criminal justice reform, equality, elections, and other focus areas for his family foundation, Galaxy Gives.
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It's Time to Close Attica

the Hochul administration looks to consolidate and close New York prisons, one name jumps to mind—and not just because its history is written in blood. 50 years after the famous prison uprising, it's time to close New York's worst prison: Attica.
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Financier and Philanthropist Mike Novogratz on cash bail and criminal justice reform - RE-RELEASE

One look at the usual dysfunction of our criminal legal system drew the attention and weight of this driven financier and philanthropist to engage and strategize for the biggest return on investment.
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Program Director, Alex Duran of Galaxy Gives on criminal legal system reform

Alex Duran joins Jason to share with us his transformation from inmate to criminal justice reformer. He now manages a $20 million annual fund on behalf of Galaxy Gives dedicated to ending mass incarceration in the US.
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30 year Corrections Veteran Andy Potter on creating effective prison reform

As a 30 year veteran of the Michigan Department of Corrections, Andy Potter has gained invaluable experience doing one of the toughest jobs in the country. After years of putting this knowledge to work through his leadership in the Michigan Corrections Organization, Andy founded his own organization. One Voice United incorporates corrections officers and other frontline staff into the discussion of criminal justice reform. They believe corrections reform is a foundation of criminal justice reform, and through One Voice United, Andy bridges the gap between various parties and political agendas in order to achieve one common goal – reform.
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Katie Schaffer from the Center for Community Alternatives on criminal justice reform

Katie Schaffer teams up with Jason to discuss educating prisoners, bail reform and making our penal system more humane.
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Survivor of Parental Incarceration Ebony Underwood on prison and sentencing reform

Record Industry promoter and manager Bill Underwood was given a life sentence for some old charges under the newly minted draconian laws of the war on drugs. His daughter Ebony Underwood eventually made it her life's work to gather the voices of other survivors of parental incarceration to affect change.
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Galaxy Gives Announces the Third Cohort of its Galaxy Leader Fellowship Program

Program Centers its Support on the Strategic Vision and Leadership of Directly Impacted Leaders—Survivors of Harm, Returning Citizens, and Family of Incarcerated Individuals
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Galaxy Gives Announces the Launch of its Galaxy Leader Fellowship

The First-of-its-Kind Program Centers the Bulk of its Support on the Strategic Vision and Leadership of Directly Impacted Leaders--Survivors of Crime, Returning Citizens, and Family Members of Incarcerated Individuals
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