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Member Mondays: CBE’s Dismantling Racism Team (DRT) Presents #LessIsMoreNY: A Conversation on Combating Racism Through Parole Reform - Shared screen with speaker view
CBE Staff: Nate Jaffe
22:53
Email the CBE Dismantling Racism Team: cbedismantlingracismteam@cbebk.org
Daniel Schwartz-Narbonne (He/Him)
43:03
I’m curious about the metrics that parole officers are rewarded for / judged on. What are they, and what incentives do they create?
Vincent N. Schiraldi
45:15
The metrics are largely bureaucratic, did you see everyone, did you fill out the computerized case management system, did you provide urine tests for drugs, etc. There are no metrics about how many people got jobs, or housing, or turned their lives around. The big “metric” is, did you embarrass the department by giving someone a chance and having them reoffend.
Sue Bernstein she/her/hers
52:01
Isn't a large part of the reason for sending people back to prison the privatization of prisons so that it's become "big business"?
Donna Hylton
53:30
@SueBernstein most states do not have private prisons. Although, there are big businesses involved with most prisons.
Sue Bernstein she/her/hers
53:40
Thank youQ
Olivia Sohmer (Rosenbaum)
55:21
Who is opposing this reform, and what is the rationale for that opposition?
Claire Deroche she/her
55:56
To any of the panelists: what gives you hope that we can change this system or is it hopeless?
Vincent N. Schiraldi
56:10
The biggest opponents are the parole officers’ union, they are fearful of losing their authority and their jobs.
Sheila Katzman
56:37
The more they are incarcerated the more benefits for the prison industrial complex and, corporate American companies that use incarcerated labor - I learnt some years ago that companies like American Express utilize the labor of incarcerated people - don’t know if this is facts or if yes, do they still do?
Vincent N. Schiraldi
56:54
I also think they have somewhat depersonalized and demonized those on their caseloads, so they disagree with some of the basic humanity tenets Donna and I are espousing.
Vincent N. Schiraldi
57:45
I’d like to address Ms. DeRoche’s question in my comments when I come back on.
Sue Bernstein she/her/hers
58:17
Is anyone working on incentives for the parole officers so they don't feel threatened and feel they have to send people back to prison so that they don't lose their jobs?
katia
01:00:08
This feels like another piece of defunding/reallocating of funding -- out of the justice system and into social services and support systems. How can we help get involved to help amplify your voices
Claire Deroche she/her
01:02:48
Guide to corporate profits from prisons: "Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration" https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/store/
Donna Hylton
01:03:34
@katia please reach out dhylton@alittlepieceoflight.org we welcome more community help and voices
Maijia Scott
01:05:36
can you please address the number of violations made in upstate new york and lack or resources. there are approximately 1 program available per 2500 ex offenders. ty.
Corey Briskin
01:05:40
What are your thoughts about the efficacy pre-trial supervised release programs that have proliferated since the bail reform law took effect on January 1, 2020?
Cruz, NYPCC
01:05:53
a lot of people needs mental health services Not jail
Olivia Sohmer (Rosenbaum)
01:06:10
This may seem naive, but: The staff at the Neighborhood Offices you describe are not in danger of losing their jobs — why wouldn’t the POs Unions want to do that kind of work?
Sheila Katzman
01:06:55
What is the status of the New Community prisons?
Vincent N. Schiraldi
01:08:37
Part of the Less Is More Act is to give people 30 days off of supervision for every 30 days they have behaved well. This is scary to POs. I assured my probation officers that their jobs weren’t in jeopardy, that I’d preserve their jobs as we reduced the number of people under supervision so they could do their jobs. But there was definitely mistrust at first, I had to prove myself with them.
Jennie Spector
01:09:50
That’s true about many professions who are tasked to work with or take care of people because there is so much focus on profit, not good care.
Vincent N. Schiraldi
01:10:17
I agree Jennie, that’s not just true of POs.
CBE Staff: Nate Jaffe
01:10:33
https://www.lessismoreny.org/contact-your-lawmaker
Donna Hylton
01:10:57
@JennieSpector I agree
emilygreenspan
01:11:33
Can you please send this to emails of attendees? Thank you.
jessica kurtz
01:12:26
Yes, we will email the link and additional resources to all attendees.
CBE Staff: Nate Jaffe
01:12:33
Email the CBE Dismantling Racism Team: cbedismantlingracismteam@cbebk.org
Janise Mitchell
01:13:01
Thank you. CBE is doing amazing work
Zachary Katznelson
01:13:35
Please learn more at www.lessismoreny.org
Janise Mitchell
01:13:51
Speakers were very powerful
Zachary Katznelson
01:13:52
And apologies we could not get to all your questions and comments!
Harlene Katzman
01:14:10
Thank DRT team for putting together this exceptional event.
Claire Deroche she/her
01:14:13
Thank you for this worthwhile program tonight. I learned a lot. The moderator was terrific and the panelists were excellent. Thanks so much
Linda Quigley
01:14:25
Donna’s message is crucial!
Sheila Katzman
01:15:11
Ditto Linda… truly crucial….
Tracy Lang
01:15:18
Thank You Donna Hylton Your One of The Reason I've been let Off Parole after being denied release 3x's within the 7years Ive walk on eggshells
Claire Deroche she/her
01:15:23
Thank you Mr. Schiraldi for answering my question.
Maijia Scott
01:15:45
Thank you CBE for putting this together. This effects people like myself..TY Donna for putting me on this team.
Donna Hylton
01:16:00
@Tracy Lang congratulations!
Peggy Kurtz
01:16:10
Such a powerful program, thank you!
Junior
01:16:43
Thank you Donna you was said that u believe in me
Donna Hylton
01:17:08
@Junior I believe in you and you are not alone
Junior
01:17:18
Donna what I need to do
Donna Hylton
01:17:20
@Maijia you are amazing in your own right
Maijia Scott
01:17:32
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