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Living Boldly After 40 Years In The Closet

David Rothenberg | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rothenberg

With the intention of resigning, I gathered our staff - men and women who had all served time - and told them that I was gay, that I was going to open up about my sexuality on Susskind and that I would be resigning from Fortune. Their responses stopped me in my tracks. Jackson asked, "Well, what are you gonna wear on TV?"

Forging a Path to True Criminal Justice Reform in New York

JoAnne Page | Posted 01.13.2016 | New York
JoAnne Page

In 2016, our leaders in City Hall and the State Capital can take affirmative steps to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, while increasing services to those who are behind bars.

Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | Posted 05.22.2016 | Crime
David Rothenberg

Across the nation, there has been a recent barrage of media reports, in progressive as well as conservative publications, advocating and applauding reforms in the criminal justice system.

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.

Broken Windows Is No Replacement for Stop and Frisk

JoAnne Page | Posted 10.27.2014 | New York
JoAnne Page

Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of New York as a city that is "safe and fair" is within reach. With welcomed reforms to stop and frisk, he is on the right track. But this progressive agenda will quickly be derailed if the Mayor allows overly aggressive quality of life arrest tactics in poor communities of color to substitute for stop and frisk.

Not all Gang Members Created Equal

David Rothenberg | Posted 10.07.2014 | Crime
David Rothenberg

In June the Manhattan district attorney and the New York City police commissioner garnered significant media attention after a pre-dawn raid resulted in the indictment of more than 100 gang members in Harlem. But what happens after the headlines fade away?

Tempest in a Teapot

Francis Levy | Posted 11.09.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

All that was missing from the 200 member cast of the Public Theater's just completed three day run of The Tempest, at the Delacorte, was the old Parti...

Times Square Billboard Reaches Out To Ex-Prisoners

nytimes.com | JENNIFER 8. LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A billboard by Fortune Society that encourages employers to hire people with criminal records now sits on top of the Westin Hotel at Eighth Avenue....