Elmsford — Sixteen experts on a wide range of criminal justice issues will be speaking at a series of six Community Conversations: Criminal Justice, Yesterday and Today, to be held at various library locations in Westchester County.
The series will kick off on Thursday, October 5, 7-8:30 pm, at the Ossining Public Library. Panelists will be Cheryl Robert, Executive Director of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice; Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison; and Roger Panetta, Professor Emeritus Fordham University and author.
The New Rochelle Public Library will host the second program on Tuesday, October 10, 6-7:30 pm. Speakers will include Tesa Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Hour Children; a representative of the Osbourne Association that serves people affected by crime and incarceration; and Janet Donat, Child Development Specialist at the EMERGE program.
Thursday, October 12 from 6-7:30pm, the program will be held at the Yonkers Riverfront Library from 6-7:30pm and will feature Brian Fischer, former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections; Katherine Vockins, Founder and Executive Director of Rehabilitation Through the Arts; and Charles Moore, Rehabilitation Through the Arts Program and Alumni Coordinator.
Grinton I. Will Library in Yonkers will host the fourth program on Tuesday, October 17, 7-8:30 pm. Speakers will include Martin F. Horn, Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at the John Jay College, City University of New York; and Justin D. Pruyne, Esq., Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Correction.
Thursday, October 26, 7-8:30pm, the program will be held at John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak. Panelists will include Barbara Lambros of the Westchester County re-entry Task Force; Roger Panetta, Professor Emeritus Fordham University and author; and Edmundo Varela, Assistant Commissioner, Westchester County Probation.
The last program in the series will be held at the Mount Kisco Public Library on Saturday, October 28, from 1-2:30 pm. Speakers will be Tamaris Princi, Abusive Partner Intervention Coordinator with Urban Resource Institute; and Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox, Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice and Security Department of Pace University.
Organized by the Westchester Library System, in collaboration with the Sing Sing Prison Museum and funded by the Westchester Community Foundation, the series will focus on the 200-year history of Sing Sing and its impact on prison reform, as well as current issues of incarceration, reform, rehabilitation and re-entry.
Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution and Senior Advisor to the Sing Sing Museum project, will moderate each panel discussion and will be joined by Dana White, Ossining Village Historian. Each presentation will be followed by time for questions and conversation with members of the audience about the past and future of the American criminal justice system.
The public is invited to attend any or all of the Community Conversations free of charge. Program information and resources, including a reading list related to issues of criminal and social justice is available on the Westchester Library System website www.westchesterlibraries.org and at www.conversations.westchesterlibraries.org. Information on the history of Sing Sing and the Sing Sing Prison Museum project is available at www.singsingprisonmuseum.org.