LAST TWO SESSIONS!! No registration required.
October 26 | John C. Hart Memorial Library (Shrub Oak – Yorktown)|  7-8:30 pm | 
October 28 | Mount Kisco Public Library | 1-2:30pm

The Westchester Library System is pleased to offer a series of six public programs called Community Conversations: Criminal Justice, Yesterday and Today, which will take place in October 2017. The schedule and roster of panelists is available below.

In collaboration with the Sing Sing Prison Museum and funded by the Westchester Community Foundation, each event will include a presentation on the history of rehabilitation and reform at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, followed by a panel discussion linking historical perspectives to present day developments and challenges.

At each event, Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, will act as moderator.  Additionally, Dana White, the Ossining Village Historian will provide a historical review of Sing Sing Prison and its impact on the community and criminal justice. Panel discussion with service providers, ex-offenders and distinguished lecturers will include interactive conversations about the past and future of the American criminal justice system.

No registration is required, but we do suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to be seated.


October 5 | Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, 7 – 8:30 pm
Roger Panetta, Professor Emeritus Fordham University and author
Sean Pica, Executive Director, Hudson Link
Cheryl Roberts, Executive Director, Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice

October 10 | New Rochelle Public Library
One Library Plaza, 6 – 7:30 pm
Janet Donat, Program Coordinator, FSW/EMERGE Program
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Hour Children
Elizabeth Gaynes, Executive Director, Osborne Association

October 12 | Yonkers Riverfront Library
One Larkin Center, 6 – 8:00 pm
Brian Fischer, retired, former Commissioner of NYS Dept of Corrections/Supt. Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Charles Moore, Program and Alumni Coordinator, Rehabilitation Through the Arts
Katherine Vockins,  Founder/CEO Rehabilitation through the Arts

October  17 | Grinton I. Will Library (Yonkers)
1500 Central Park Avenue, 7-8:30 pm
Martin Horn, Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at the John Jay College, City University of New York, Executive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission by appointment of the Chief Judge of the State of New York
Justin Pruyne, Deputy Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Correction

October 26 | John C. Hart Memorial Library (Shrub Oak – Yorktown)
1130 Main Street, 7 – 8:30 pm
Barbara Lambros, Westchester County Re-entry Coordinator for the Westchester County Re-entry Task Force
Roger Panetta, Professor Emeritus Fordham University and author
Edmundo Varela, Assistant Commission, Westchester County Probation

October 28 | Mount Kisco Public Library
100 Main Street, 1-2:30 pm
Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox, Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice and Security Department with Pace University
Tamaris Princi, Abusive Partner Intervention Program Coordinator, Urban Resources Institute