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Broadway Dems Club Meeting "Parole Reform: Helping Our Aging Prison Population" Nov 11 2021 - Shared screen with speaker view
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
48:35
Melissa Tanis
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
48:38
https://centerforjustice.columbia.edu/people/melissa-tanis
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
52:59
Jose Saldanahttps://rappcampaign.com/about-3/our-people/
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
55:21
Sean Kyler - Vera Institute of Justicehttps://www.vera.org
* Melissa Tanis
57:52
This is the report I referenced: https://centerforjustice.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/New%20York's%20New%20Death%20Penalty%20Report.pdf
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
58:08
Thank you, Melissa!
allison downing
01:00:44
Who is carrying the bills in the Assembly and Senate?
* Melissa Tanis
01:01:13
Elder Parole is Brad Hoylman, Fair and Timely is Gustavo Rivera
allison downing
01:01:47
thanks! great senators
* Sean Kyler
01:02:02
NY State Senate Bill S2144 from the 2019-2020 legislative session, proposed by State Senator Brad Hoylman.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:02:17
Could you clarify about the Manhattan DA, can they act retroactively or only in the future cases?
* Steven Zeidman
01:04:37
For a look at what we are doing at CUNY Law School to collaborate with people serving life and long-term sentences: https://www.law.cuny.edu/slp/
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:06:07
Steve Zeidmanhttps://www.law.cuny.edu/faculty/directory/zeidman/
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:11:20
Melissa, could you talk more about the impact incarceration has on family members?
* Jose Saldana
01:11:43
David McClary was recently denied parole for the 5th time.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:12:28
That’s terrible.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:17:26
Now that #LessIsMoreNY has been signed into law, parole should work better and those moneys previously used to incarcerate must be used to support people reintegrating into society.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:19:10
We need to ask for more money in the state and local budgets for support services for returning citizens.
allison downing
01:19:36
yes we do, Meika!
* Melissa Tanis
01:28:52
The Hochul Bring Them Home Campaign website: https://newyorkersforclemency.com/
* Melissa Tanis
01:29:06
The about page has our list of demands: https://newyorkersforclemency.com/about
richard siegel
01:33:50
I have to sign off. Special thanks to the speakers ! We want to support your work in any way we can. Good night
* Melissa Tanis
01:34:33
Another recent report we released about the money parole and other reforms would save the state: https://centerforjustice.columbia.edu/news/new-report-unlocking-billions-fiscal-analysis-pending-justice-reforms-new-york-state
Peter Flom
01:38:39
Sorry, but I have to go. Great work all.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:39:40
https://www.turnonthetapny.org Turn on the Tap is a campaign to restore TAP funding for students in prison.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:41:19
TAP = Tuition Assistance Program
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:41:38
Bills S4464 and A2322
Paula Diamond Roman
01:43:34
AND, there's an incentive for guards to back each other up. Otherwise, they don't get back-up in dangerous situations.'Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing,' by Ted Conover, is a fascinating first-hand account of life inside the penal system at Sing Sing, by a journalist who became a correction officer to write the book.
Paula Diamond Roman
01:47:56
Council of State Governments' Justice Reinvestment program is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.https://csgjusticecenter.org/projects/justice-reinvestment/
Paula Diamond Roman
01:48:21
Much of this work was originally done by Michael Jacobson who then went on to be the Director of Vera.
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:49:40
It seems that we need to change the current punitive culture: with personal stories, op-eds, documentaries, movies.
Paula Diamond Roman
01:52:50
You're right, Meika, instead of retribution, deterrence, and incapacitation, we need to emphasize rehabilitation and restoration,.
* Steven Zeidman
01:53:38
We'll send you The Interview video
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
01:53:55
Thank you, Steve!
Amy Porter
01:54:07
What is the interview video?
allison downing
01:54:16
So our next steps should be to reach out to Sen Jackson, Sen Cleare and AM O’Donnell to get their support for these bills
* Steven Zeidman
01:54:39
The Interview is like a short documentary about parol ein NY
Paula Diamond Roman
01:54:45
Allison, I think Joe has a resolution to present at the end of the meeting.
allison downing
01:54:49
hit send too early: the above was a question
* Melissa Tanis
01:54:51
Robert Jackson is already signed on to the bills
allison downing
01:55:53
That’s great, Melissa. thanks
Paula Diamond Roman
01:56:25
Melissa, we are already feeling the lost of Brian Benjamin in the Senate!
* Jose Saldana
01:56:47
The Victim Impact Statement only has value when it supports more punishment. When it favors release, it is dismissed to ignored.
* Melissa Tanis
01:57:50
It actually took us a while to get Benjamin on our bills, but hope he will champion them in his new position.
* Sean Kyler
01:58:52
o Institutional record (academic achievements, vocational education, training or work assignments, therapy and interactions with staff and inmates)o Performance in temporary release programs (if applicable)o Release plans
* Melissa Tanis
02:00:00
Governor nominates the senate confirms
Paula Diamond Roman
02:00:17
Melissa, any ability to influence?
* Melissa Tanis
02:00:57
In an informal way, we have submit potential applicants to the governor’s office before. And have spoken with senators we meet with about supporting or opposing specific people
* Melissa Tanis
02:01:10
But we do not have legislation around it since it doesn’t really require it
Paula Diamond Roman
02:01:36
Do they get paid? Or, is it just prestige?
* Melissa Tanis
02:01:42
They get paid six figures
Paula Diamond Roman
02:01:50
WTF
* Melissa Tanis
02:01:50
Parole commissioners do
* Steven Zeidman
02:10:37
It should also be the case that the Board should be required to hear in person from the family of the person seeking parole
Amy Porter
02:11:08
Yes!
Daniel Zweig
02:11:35
Why don't we put forward nominees for parole positions evaluated as most qualified like we do for judges?
* Steven Zeidman
02:13:12
The People's Campaign for Parole Justice is vetting people to support to be parole board members - it would be great if you supported their candidates
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
02:13:40
Thanks for sharing that, Steve.
* Melissa Tanis
02:15:34
Main sponsor of Elder Parole in the Senate is Hoylman and main sponsor of Fair + Timely Parole is Senator Rivera
* Sean Kyler
02:16:22
Vera will be issuing a report in the coming weeks about the parole decision-making process. we reviewed 168 parole transcripts, all of which were denied. We will disclose our findings.
* Sean Kyler
02:16:56
vera.org
Paula Diamond Roman
02:16:58
Vera does great research!
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
02:17:08
That’s amazing, Sean!
* Sean Kyler
02:17:13
@paula Thank you!
allison downing
02:18:13
Thank you so much Sean, Steven, Jose and Melissa. Are there other steps we can take to support these bills and your work, in addition to what we’ve already talked about?
* Melissa Tanis
02:18:20
https://www.parolejusticeny.com/campaign-platform
allison downing
02:18:48
thanks!
Meika A. Mustrangi she/her
02:18:52
Thank you to our amazing speakers!
* Steven Zeidman
02:19:15
Thank you all for the invite and all you're doing
* Melissa Tanis
02:19:29
Thank you for having us!
* Sean Kyler
02:19:43
Thank you all for the work you are doing and taking an interest in these issues.
* Jose Saldana
02:20:20
Thanks everyone
Daniel Zweig
02:20:55
If the risk is low, let them go.