After Rikers: Justice by Design

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.

Admission is free but reservations are required as space is limited.

This program is organized as part of Spaces of Justice is a year-long series of tours, panel discussions, and other public programs that allow the public to examine firsthand the spaces with primary responsibility for producing safety and rendering justice in New York City. Major support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

SVA Theatre is ADA compliant and provides assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired. For more information, please contact info@ohny.orgor 212-991-6470 at least 72 hours before the event.

SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011

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