Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform

The United Nation Association of the USA Southern New York State Division Seminar on Race, Criminal Justice, and Human Rights, child migrants, and the US performance in relation to the UN Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights.

I attended this event that has gone over the Criminal Justice reforms, child migrant crisis, and family separation, and the basic Human Rights. 

The moderators were: 

• Former NYS Senator Ruth Hassell Thompson, special adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo for policy and Community Affairs of New York State Home and Community Renewal and member of the United Nations Association Southern division of New York board. 

•  David Stillman, board member of the United Nations Association of Southern New York state division board & executive director of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation. 

• Jeanne Betsock Stillman, Vice President of USA-SNY and coordinator of the consultation on race, criminal justice, and human rights, child migrants, and the Universal Periodic Review.

This meeting talked about the many problems in the American criminal justice system, and the reason for needing reform to fix the Justice System, and the crisis at the border between Mexico and the United States. 

During my time at this three-hour event, there were a lot of speakers expressing the current events surrounding the Criminal Justice System and the Child and Parent separation crisis at the border.  
This event was mainly about criminal justice reform. We know a lot of communities where there aren’t any opportunities, and with the issues of our poor educational system, so many people go to prison. There need to be programs in prison that make people better and productive in our society. Right now, the system isn’t set up that way. It’s set up for potential failure.  In my opinion, in our country, if you’re rich and guilty, you get a much better deal than if your poor & and innocent. 
It is a major failing of our criminal justice system is not fulfilling its role of keeping people safe & locking up real criminals. And not giving people Second Chances.The proper role of a criminal justice system is to protect Public Safety and give people a second chance. That when they come out, they’re not criminals, and to make sure that we have a system in place that truly redeems people.

 It was stated at this event that a lot of people in the US understand that the system is broken at every single angle, and most folks, particularly community members, believe at best the system is broken. At worst, they believe that the system is doing exactly what it was designed to do, which is to oppress and criminalize black and brown folks along with other minority groups.

Criminal Justice Change and why America needs it: 
With higher quantities of Americans in the criminal equity framework than at any other time, unlawful equity change has turned into a critical need. To effectively change the structure, changes should be made to end cruel strategies and racial profiling among different issues. 
Realize why criminal equity change is so significant today and what you can do to get included. 

What is Criminal Justice Reform? 
Criminal Justice Reform is attempting to changes how detainees are treated in the Justice system through legislation. By dealing with these reforms throughout the United States at an assortment of government levels, America can right the wrongs before the issue turns out to be more regrettable. While no criminal justice structure is utterly impeccable, nor is that of the United States. 

Change means to fix these mistakes, and there are various associations engaged with the development in different ways, including: 

• Lessening unforgiving jail sentences 

• Reforming the Drug laws & their harsh policy

• Decriminalizing specific laws, including drug approaches 

• Organizing restoration of wrongdoers, particularly adolescent guilty parties Changing the least condemning laws Regardless of the drug crime are the most crucial aspect of our criminal justice reform, attempts to change the criminal justice system, and how it operates.

It’s all about the individuals and families being negatively impacted by our prison system, which needs to be reform.

Child migrant & family separation:As indicated by one of the speakers on the child separation, the Trump Administration in all likelihood isolated thousands, additional youngsters, from their folks at the Southern US, Mexico Border than was recently thought. The government has announced that almost 2,700 kids were separate from their folks under a zero-tolerance” migration approach, about all adults entering the nation wrongfully were arrested, and any child going with them were placed into asylums or childcare. 

However, even before the government formally disclosed the no-tolerance policy in the spring of 2018, the office that supervises the consideration of migrant children in government authority had noticed a “sharp increment” in the quantity of kids isolated from a parent or caretaker.
The arrangement was parents to indict the individuals who entered the US illegally. It brought about a large number of transient guardians going through months in anguished vulnerability, incapable of speaking with their youngsters and as a rule, not even knowing where the kids were. Babies and little children were among the youngsters who were placed into homes, frequently hundreds or thousands of miles from where their folks were confined. The government additionally made it hard for relatives other than the kids’ parents to bring children into their own homes.The US Migration and Enforcement Authorization office administers the expulsions of unapproved & undocumented peoples. 

One of the speakers, William Silverman, said that; parents and their small children regularly have been trying to look for shelter in the US due to the rough conditions in their country that drove them to the US border where they are being treated like invaders. The kids being confined under the new “zero-tolerance” approach confront legal procedures without mother or father close by. 

“The parent may be the one in particular who knows why they fled from the nation of origin, and the kid is in a disadvantageous situation to protect themselves,” said the mediator, William Silverman. 
In the interim, the more extensive legitimate circumstance is in transition.

A government judge told the White House to reunify families quickly if the child is less than five and within 30 days. The Justice Department has not shown whether it will abide by the rules of law. However, lawyers who are engaged with the cases said it’s a mystery on how judge’s performance will function practically speaking and when and how it could produce results. 

“We don’t have the foggiest idea about how judges will reunify the child migrant and their folks. Imagine a scenario in which guardians have just been ousted?” said William Silverman.

New York States Senator Luis Sepulveda speaker for this event is a perceived innovator in Albany of endeavors to ensure security. 
The Senator has ceaselessly worked for a member of finances for he has worked to raise the among officials and key administrator of the alarming suicide rate in the Latina high schooler populace demonstrated productive most as of late when Gov. Cuomo the declared the development of the New York State Suicide Counteractive action Team. 

Senator Sepulveda worked with City Mayor de Blasio in 2014 to verify subsidizing for all-inclusive prekindergarten in New York City, and he supported enactment to enable undocumented foreigners to acquire driver’s licenses. 
Senator Sepulveda is partnered with the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian clubs as the second co-chair of its Committee on Criminal Justice Reform. Senator Sepulveda earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra College and his law degree from Hofstra’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. He is the leading Latino lawyer in the Senate.

A speaker named Jose Hamza Saldana is some time ago detained. He was discharged from Green Correctional Prison on January eleventh, 2018, following an aggregate of 38 years of imprisonment. During the times of imprisonment, Mr. Saldana had gotten a higher education degree. All the more critically, he worked for crucial criminal justice changes, including jail change, parole change, and racial equity. 

Today, Mr. Saldana is Executive Director of Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, called RAPP.  This aims to Discharge elderly Individuals in Jail through a grassroots network. RAPP attempts to end mass imprisonment and advance racial equity. His work looks to end the detainment of old people as a method of reforming laws and to stops prejudice and hate in and give more power and control to Communities of Color. 

What I’ve learned and the skills that I obtained is getting more Intel on what’s going on in our current Criminal Justice system. By going to this event, it let me know what’s been happening in our judicial system and what needs to be reform. It amazes me how slow the process is and how this whole reform of our judicial system may take time. The process is slow but is making an impact on our society, and the awareness is spreading into our political system of government.

However, under the wrong presidential Administration, things can go bad. Although I do not get political with others, under Donald Trump Presidency, things don’t seem to be going well for his administration and his victim. And by seeing the constant division in this nation, things don’t seem to be going well. But what I’ve learned is, the President of the United States has the power to do right and to do wrong. The people are surprisingly influenced by what the president says and how he acts. During President Clinton years and former President George W. Bush and the Obama years, these things were not an issue. Their presidency was not perfect, but the division wasn’t there. But I guess you could say it was building up for years.
What I’ve noticed is how America could do great things under the right leadership, but America can also fall under the wrong spell under the wrong person that has absolute power.

I noticed one thing about our democracy, our democracy is weak, and there are several factors on why it is ineffective.

• Our poor educational system is one

• The Great Divide between the rich and the poor

• Corporations who have greed looks for cheap labor to make a more significant profit. 

They also move their companies outside America in which they were founded. This forces people to look for work else and builds up frustration.

•  Greedy corporations, knowing that they are the cause of this problem. 

They choose to buy political propaganda to victim blame others for looking at the narrative elsewhere for the reason of all blames. They are causing hardship to American workers &  blue-collar Families.

But the irony of the atmosphere that I see in American society today. It is that a lot of Americans don’t seem to understand that the problems lie within Corporate America and not with illegal immigrants,  not with China but inside America itself.
I will get more involved in speaking out on my opinion of this current event on reforming the criminal justice system.

I will attend more of these events to prepare myself for my criminal justice major and goals. And I would also gather more information on the current events of our system of government and the progress of reform.  This has prepared me for future events. This whole experience has impacted me because when I do get to law school, I would know what to expect in this kind of conversation and meetings about our current system of government and the laws that binds us together. As I had attended this July 8th High-political Forum, I feel as this would be and many conversations as I continue my education career in law & criminal justice system.