Telling our Stories

Telling our Stories

29 Aug 2017

During the past year, Osborne partnered with StoryCorps, the national oral history project and radio program, to record, preserve and share the unique and important stories of our staff and participant community. StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. 

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Unite for Parole and Prison Justice

Unite for Parole and Prison Justice

05 May 2017

Osborne's Center for Justice Policy and Practice, in its work to increase support for people who are aging in prison, recognizes the urgent need for parole reform, as we have seen people qualified for parole repeatedly denied, usually based solely on the nature of their crime. Older people have the lowest recidivism rates of any age cohort in NY State and U.S. prisons, and pose almost no risk to public safety. Yet in 2015, the NYS Parole Board granted parole to only 20% of all applicants, and to only 17% of those aged 55 and older who had already served at least 10 years in prison. On May 10, Osborne is joining Challenging Incarceration, and many other organizations and advocates for Unite for Parole and Prison Justice–A Day of Advocacy and Action. The day will focus on urging legislators to create a more effective parole process. Below is a list of ways to participate with Challenging Incarceration in advocacy on social media, regardless of whether or not you will be in Albany.

 

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Mayor and City Council Speaker Announce Plan to Close Rikers

Mayor and City Council Speaker Announce Plan to Close Rikers

06 Apr 2017

On March 31, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a plan to close Rikers Island in the next decade. Read part of the Mayor's statement, watch the press conference, and find the full report detailing the steps that will be taken to close Rikers below: 

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NPR | Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

NPR | Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

15 Jun 2016

Osborne has recently partnered with the StoryCorps Justice Project to document the experiences of our participants as youth of color involved with the criminal justice system in New York City. The project will amplify and preserve the stories of those whose lives have been affected by mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. Through their first-person accounts, StoryCorps works to ensure that people's experience of the current era of mass incarceration is preserved in the historical record and shared nationwide. Hear Jamal's story on the StoryCorps site.

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The Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition to launch the Blueprint for Criminal Justice Reform

The Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition to launch the Blueprint for Criminal Justice Reform

25 May 2016

REDUCE CRIME, REBUILD LIVES, MAKE NYC SAFER & SAVE TAX DOLLARS THROUGH ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION & REENTRY PROGRAMS

  • The Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition is joined by NYC elected officials at City Hall rally to launch the Blueprint for Criminal Justice Reform and call for increased funding for proven-effective programs

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