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Media Advisory: The Future of Community Corrections

August 24, 2017




MEDIA CONTACT: Doug Gavel, (617) 495-1115


Leading community corrections organizations call for 'substantial reduction' in probation and parole

New report/statement urge shrinking probation and parole's footprint


On Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12 p.m. EST, the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ), in conjunction with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), will host a press conference in New York City for journalists to discuss a new report on the need to reduce the footprint of the nation’s community corrections system and recommendations on how to do just that. At the same press conference, the nation’s leading probation and parole organizations and administrators will issue a statement (also signed onto by notable individuals such as John Legend and Piper Kerman) calling for a substantial reduction in the number of people on probation and parole in America. The report, Less is More: How Reducing Probation Populations Can Improve Outcomes, will be published as part of the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice’s (PCJ) Executive Session on Community Corrections.   



WHAT:    Press Conference on the Future of Community Corrections




  • Vincent Schiraldi, senior research fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice, former NYC Probation Commissioner and report co-author;

  • Michael Jacobson, director of the Institute for State and Local Governance at the City University of New York, former NYC            Probation Commissioner and report co-author;

  • Susan Burke, President, American Probation and Parole Association;

  • Marcus Hodges, President, National Association of Probation Executives;

  • Ana Bermudez, Commissioner of NYC Probation;

  • Rocco Pozzi, Commissioner, Westchester County (NY) Probation Department, and Facilitator; and

  • Michael Nail, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Supervision



WHEN:    Monday, August 28, noon EST


WHERE:  American Probation and Parole Association’s Training Institute, New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY, Astor Ballroom, 7th Floor


Media members can attend in person or join the conference virtually in one of several ways. Journalists who plan to attend the event should RSVP to Rachel Corey, rachel_corey@hks.harvard.edu or 617-869-2773.


Via Webex:  https://fedgovdemo.webex.com/fedgovdemo/j.php?MTID=mb87c665c6d98e4d247942b5800ae82ad. Meeting number (access code): 998 366 147.


From a video system or application: sip:998366147@fedgovdemo.webex.com<mailto:998366147@fedgovdemo.webex.co


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