When These Young People Speak, NYC Justice Officials Pay Attention
The first eight-week program brought together a range of young New Yorkers—some formerly incarcerated—and New York City officials, law enforcement included, to collaborate in creating criminal justice reform policy proposals.
The co-founder, Jarrell Daniels, 24, modeled the program on the Inside Criminal Justice program–a partnership between the Manhattan DA’s Office, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Columbia University, in which he took part toward the end of a six-year prison sentence he began at age 18.
Daniels observed that he had never had a constructive interaction with law enforcement officials until after he went to prison. “I started JAYC so that these interactions could happen before that, especially for black and brown youth in New York City,” he told the group.