Community Involvement Committee

The Community Involvement Committee of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council is sponsoring a forum to provide an update on the Justice & Transition Center (the new jail), the recent Stabilization Center, the CJC's annual report for 2017, and more.

The forum will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 1 pm at the Catharine Street Community Center.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Shirly Adams by sending an e-mail to sadams@catharinecenter.org or calling 845-437-2272.

I hope that many folks from ENJAN can turn out to learn what's happening and to express our concerns!

“Bethlehem to Brooklyn: Breaking the Surface”

Protest for Fabian Marshall in Kingston, NY
-Friday, May 4, 7-8:30 PM. Film “Bethlehem to Brooklyn: Breaking the Surface” at the Holy Cross Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston. Free Documentary spotlights the world of Latinx, African- American, and Palestinian teenagers struggling with the circumstances of their daily lives. They don’t resort to violence, but find a way to resist through activism. SPECIAL GUEST: Fabian Marshall, who was tased 21 times times by the Kingston Police, will talk about efforts to bring racial justice to our local communities. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906

Samuel Harrell

Justice for Samuel Harrell


On April 21, 2015, correctional officers at our local prison beat to death Samuel Harrell.  Three years later, those same officers are not only free from criminal prosecution but are still on the job.

Please join Beacon Prison Action as we mourn Sam's death, call for accountability for this heinous crime, and organize toward systemic reform:

Three-Year Vigil Saturday, April 21st 6pm Polhill Park, Beacon (corner of Main St & 9D near Bank Square Cafe) Please come early to sign a letter to Cuomo.

White people as outraged?

A Starbucks arrest shows black Americans are robbed of their power

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Men arrested for ‘loitering’ had no choice but to keep their heads down, out of fear for their lives. For black people, it’s a familiar situation



Faith and Ee-Entry April 12


Thursday, April 12

6:00-9:00 p.m.
Catharine Street Community Center 

(69 Catharine Street, Poughkeepsie
(This event is being sponsored by

Dutchess County Interfaith Council, Inc. and
Dutchess County African American Clergy Association.) 

The Intersecton of Faith and Re-Entry:

The Role of Faith Communies in Helping
Formerly Incarcerated Through Faith-Based Initiatives



Inequities of mass incarceration are true in Dutchess too

Inequities of mass incarceration are true in Dutchess too

Geri Willmott, Valley Views
Published 1:29 p.m. ET April 4, 2018

More and more concerned citizens in this county and beyond believe our criminal justice practices need to align more closely with our constitutional rights. Recently in Poughkeepsie, Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) and #FREEnewyork co-sponsored a town hall along with our End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. The event featured formerly incarcerated men and women who highlighted the inequities of mass incarceration for: Blacks, Latinos, women, the poor, the mentally ill, and addicts.

Picked up in a neighborhood sweep when she was a 20-year-old mother, Rasonia Squire explained through her tears why she gave up her right to a trial, and pled guilty to a felony, although innocent. “I had to get back to my daughter,” she repeated emotionally. Besides, ”I knew my family could not afford a lawyer,” she noted. Along with others on the panel, she revealed the shame of being arrested and having to tell her mother.

Full article:

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2018/04/04/inequities-mass-incarceration-true-dutchess-too/466160002/