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Criminal Justice Reform Demands Political Leadership, Not Editorials

David Rothenberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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 | 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....