Designing for Post-Incarceration

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Incarceration is at the heart of major debates in both architecture and government. Even as New York City and State change decades-long policies around criminal justice, major questions remain about how conditions can be improved for all those associated with U.S. systems of incarceration. This conference will examine how architects and policymakers can use design to improve life post-incarceration. It will bring together designers, criminal justice reform advocates, elected officials, agency officials, and housing experts to discuss design solutions to the challenges people face after their release from jail or prison. 


8:30 - 9:00 am  – Introduction

9:00 - 10:00 am – Panel 1: The Problem of Incarceration 
Moderator: Frank Greene, FAIA, Vice President, Justice Sector Leader, STV 
Jeff Mellow, Professor, John Jay College 
Topeka K. Sam, Founder and Executive Director, Ladies of Hope Ministries 
Hernandez Stroud, Counsel, Brennan Center 

10:30 - 11:30 am – Panel 2: Current Debates on Post-Incarceration 
Moderator: Insha Rahman, Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships, Vera Institute of Justice
Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy, Innocence Project
Michelle Crentsil, Political Director, New York State Nurses Association
Zellnor Myrie, 20th District, NYS Senate 

11:45 am - 12:45 pm – Panel 3: Built Environment Solutions 
Moderator: Jerrod Delaine, Professor, Pratt Institute 
Nadine Maleh, Director, Housing Systems, Community Solutions 
Stanley Richards, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Fortune Society 
Cynthia Stuart, Chief Operating Officer, Supportive Housing Network of New York 

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm – Conclusion


This event is offered in person; COVID-19 vaccinations and face masks are strongly encouraged for all visitors. Read our full Health and Safety Protocol here.