Halfway to History: Progress and Challenges in Closing Rikers Island


Panelist Bios

2pm | Opening Remarks: Reflections at the Five Year Mark

The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge New York State 

Brendan McGuire, Chief Counsel to the Mayor and City Hall

Darren Mack, Freedom Agenda

Panel 1 : Reducing the Jail Population, Building Neighborhoods and Improving Public Safety

Errol Louis (NY1), moderator

The Honorable Matthew D’Emic (Kings County Supreme Court), Wesley Caines (Bronx Defenders), Courtney Bryan (Center for Court Innovation), AU Hogan (LifeCamp), Richard Aborn (Citizens Crime Commission of New York City)


Comptroller Brad Lander

 Panel 2 : Design of New Facilities and Civic Considerations

David Brand (CityLimits), moderator

Councilmember Lincoln Restler (District 33), Dana Kaplan (Independent Commission for NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform), Kandra Clark (Queens Neighborhood Advisory Committee), Gilly Delgado (Representative of GunsdownLifeUp)

Panel 3 : Culture Change and Transforming Corrections in NYC

Dean Meminger (NY1), moderator

Michael Jacobson (Institute for State and Local Governance, former NYC Commissioner of Correction), Charles Billups (Grand Council of Guardians), Rev. Sharon White-Harrigan (Women’s Community Justice Association), Ret. Deputy Warden John Gallagher, Elizabeth Gaynes, Former Executive Director of the Osbourne Association

 Closing Remarks

Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Chair of Criminal Justice Committee, NYC Council

Karol V. Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

5pm | Reception (held in the East End of the Student Dining Hall)

Featured works at the reception and event include visual art and music from participants in the Correctional Health Services art therapy program, the Rikers Public Memory Project, and selected photos from the series “Still Doing Life.”


Symposium on Shuttering Rikers Island – The Brooklyn Eagle

Criminal justice reform panel addresses challenges facing Rikers closure – AMNY

This convening was generously supported by the Art for Justice Fund and Arnold Ventures.