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After Rikers: Justice by Design

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:00 pm

Reserve Tickets

This program is now sold out, but we encourage you to join our waitlist and be notified if tickets become available. 

In January 2018, New York City launched a major planning and design study to close Rikers Island, to be replaced by a network of smaller, modern borough-based jails. It is considered one of the most important projects in the city’s history.

Open House New York invites you to a presentation by Elizabeth Glazer, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, who will give an update on the city’s progress towards realizing this borough-based jail system.

Following the update, Open House New York will present the public premiere of After Rikers: Justice By Design, a short film produced by Public Square Media that explores the vision for community-based jails proposed as part of the city’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system and significantly reduce incarceration.

A panel discussion will follow with Elizabeth GlazerStanley Richards, Executive Vice President, The Fortune Society; and two people featured in the film, Pamela Drayton, former Rikers Island Correction Officer, mother of a previously incarcerated son, and current Director of Public Safety and Facilities at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prisons Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; moderated by Matthew Watkins, Senior Writer/Host of the New Thinking podcast for the Center of Court Innovation.