New York State has 22 active Human Rights Commissions (HRCs), though none currently in Oneida County. This panel, featuring three people heavily involved in human rights work and intimately familiar with HRCs, discusses human rights law in New York State, the important role of HRCs in their communities, and the structure and function of their respective HRCs.
What is police reform all about in the Mohawk Valley? Members of the College-Community Partnership for Racial Justice present the results of a local public opinion survey on criminal justice as well as reforms that have worked well in other communities during a televised Town Hall meeting. The program, "Town Hall on Racial Equity and Police Reform," was broadcast on Utica CBS channel 5 on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.
September 30, 2020. Historical roots, international examples and the current American experience of racism. What forms does it take? The damage done to families, public health, and education. How to restore community wellness in affected neighborhoods.
October 7, 2020. The undoubted need for more diversity in criminal justice agencies at all levels. The way in which organizational culture and role-identity can override the positive effects of diversity. How to re-form criminal justice agencies using values of accountability and inclusion.
October 14, 2020. Legal standards in New York State, training, interpretations in community, stop/question/frisk, de-escalation and traffic stops, alternative best practices.
October 21, 2020. Operations of the courts. Plea bargaining as it affects marginalized populations. Restorative justice as an alternative.
October 28, 2020. The sixth discussion in the Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform in Oneida & Herkimer Counties covers issues around county jail and probation, the state of education in jail, and best practices to help imprisoned people prepare to re-integrate themselves into society.
November 4, 2020. What is the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence and mental health emergencies? How are these calls typically handled? What alternatives to the criminal justice system are there for these sensitive and complex issues?
November 11, 2020. In this installment of the webinar series on Police Reform and Racial Justice, the chiefs of the three largest police agencies in Oneida County will explain the reform process mandated by Governor Cuomo and answer questions submitted by webinar participants.
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