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Unlocked: NYC Post-Rikers | A #BHeard Town Hall

Join us for a live-televised #BHeard Town Hall discussion about the closing of Rikers Island, and its impact on the city at large. 


WED, FEB 26, 2020 | 6:30-8:30PM | FREE 




BRIC House Ballroom
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Our first #BHeard Town Hall of 2020 brings together a panel of experts to discuss what’s next after the closing of Rikers Island. 

At the end of 2019, the New York City Council voted to shutter the Rikers Island Jail Complex and replace it with four borough-based jails.

In partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, BRIC TV’s Emmy Award-winning #BHeard Town Hall series asks, “What’s next?” How does the closing of Rikers Island impact our neighborhoods, communities, and the safety of our city? Join our public forum and share your thoughts on the past, present, and future of criminal justice in New York City.

Moderated by BRIC TV Managing Editor Brian Vines

Meet the Panelists: 

Asha Bandele: Author, poet, and journalist whose award-winning memoir, The Prisoner’s Wife, chronicles her relationship and marriage to a man serving a 20-years-to-life sentence in the New York State correctional system.

Brandon Holmes: New York City Campaign Coordinator at JustLeadershipUSA. Previously, Brandon served as an organizer for the New York Civil Liberties Union and as the civil rights organizer for VOCAL-NY.

Carlos Menchaca: New York City Councilmember representing District 38, which includes Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood Heights, and portions of Borough Park, Dyker Heights and Windsor Terrace. He is New York State’s first Mexican-American elected official and Brooklyn’s first openly gay office holder.

Dan Slepian: Award-winning investigative producer and a 24-year veteran of NBC’s venerable news magazine, Dateline, where he has developed and produced dozens of episodes, complex hidden camera investigations, and breaking news segments.

Insha Rahman: As Director of Strategy and New Initiatives at the Vera Institute of Justice, Rahman helps to incubate new work in the areas of prosecutorial reform, bail, and decarceration, with a focus on developing advocacy-related strategies and accountability.

Jeffrey Mansfield: Design director at MASS Design Group, and a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, whose work explores the relationships between architecture, landscape, and power.

Featuring presentations from panelist Asha Bandele and Marvin Mayfield, New York State Organizer at JustLeadershipUSA.




Venue Information:

A flexible performance space that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. Located on the first floor of BRIC House. Visit our Accessibility page to learn more about access at BRIC.

Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email Safety@bricartsmedia.org. For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/safety.

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