Request for Proposals for Family and Youth Development Programs

Posted on June 23, 2016

As part of CJII, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) solicited proposals to expand the capacity of and/or implement family and youth development programs for populations at elevated risk of poor life outcomes, including eventual justice system involvement. Families living in New York City (and indeed, elsewhere) face stressors that can have a negative effect on youth and family ...

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College Classes Get a Boost at New York State Prisons

Posted on June 15, 2016

Today's Wall Street Journal highlighted efforts to fund college programs in New York State prisons, including CJII's  College-in-Prison Reentry Initiative. Proponents of college behind bars say such programs make fiscal sense. Data overwhelmingly show that those who are educated in prison are substantially less likely to return. In a study of New York inmates, 13% of those who earned college degrees came back to prison within three years, and ...

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Doing Better at School through Basketball: Saturday Night Lights at Henry Street Settlement

Posted on February 19, 2016

Henry Street Settlement is a proud recipient of Criminal Justice Initiative funds, administered by the Office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Through a CJII grant for Saturday Night Lights, Henry Street Settlement is able to provide recreational activities for youth ages 12 to 19 and also connect them to critical social and academic services at our two youth centers on the Lower East Side. Because the grant allows us to ...

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Request for Proposals for College-in-Prison Reentry Programs

Posted on February 12, 2016

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is seeking proposals from educational institutions to provide college-level classes in prisons operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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Governor Cuomo and DA Vance Announce Statewide Initiative to Provide College Classes in Prison

Posted on January 11, 2016

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced a $7.5 million initiative to fund educational programming at New York State prisons to help qualifying inmates earn college degrees, which will support an individual’s successful reentry into the community and reduce recidivism. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is funding the college-in-prison program through the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which was created to provide grants for programs improving public safety, crime prevention, and fairness in the justice system.

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Cuomo Proposes Higher-Education Initiative in New York Prisons

Posted on January 10, 2016

Governor Cuomo announced a plan to provide college courses to people in prison under a new initiative with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.

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Karen Friedman-Agnifilo and Vincent Schiraldi Speak on Juvenile and Young Adult Justice at Columbia Law

Posted on December 5, 2015

On November 30, Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, chief assistant district attorney at the Manhattan DA's Office, and Vincent Schiraldi, a ISLG CJII advisor and senior research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, spoke about juvenile justice and young adult justice at an event at Columbia Law School.

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Cyrus Vance Has $808 Million to Give Away

Posted on November 9, 2015

This weekend, the New York Times featured a story about the Manhattan District Attorney Office's and how the office is distributing money received through criminal penalties against three international banks accused of violating United States sanctions.

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Should Prisoners Have Access to a College Education?

Posted on November 3, 2015

MPRNews reports on a pilot program that would allow a limited number of colleges to deliver courses in prisons and discusses the benefits of college-in-prison programs.

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District Attorney Vance and John Jay College President Travis Announce Partnership to Launch New Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

Posted on October 16, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and President Jeremy Travis of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the formation of a partnership to launch the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP), a groundbreaking new project designed to support the development of the next generation of ideas and thought leaders in the field of prosecution. The Institute will bring together prosecutors, academics, law enforcement officials, and other leaders to examine and develop practical solutions to the critical issues facing the criminal justice system in the 21st century, including how to ensure public safety while at the same time improving fairness in the system.

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