What is a Receiver?
The appointment of a receiver is grounded in the federal courts’ powers in equity to make determinations based on principles of fairness, as opposed to rigid application of law.
The federal monitor overseeing Rikers Island recently concluded that city jails are “trapped in a state of persistent dysfunctionality” with “imminent risk of harm to incarcerated individuals and staff.” This has led numerous knowledgeable city leaders to call for a receivership to bring a sense of urgency to improve safety at city jails for staff and incarcerated people alike. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York intimated that, if conditions did not improve soon, he might move for a receivership. This forum will include two panels, one of which will discuss the successful federal court takeover of juvenile detention in Chicago as an example of what a receivership might achieve in New York City, followed by a response panel of New York City experts moderated by Errol Louis.
Introduction: Welcome, What is a Receiver?
1. Opening remarks - Vincent Schiraldi, Columbia Justice Lab/School of Social Work; former Commissioner, NYC Departments of Correction and Probation (transcript)
2. Remarks on receivership - Sara Norman, Managing Attorney, Prison Law Office, San Quentin, CA (transcript)
Panel One: The Cook County Story
Moderator: Elizabeth Glazer, Vital City; former Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice
-Teresa Abreu, former Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director/Chief Legal Counsel of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
-Illinois State Senator John Curran, former Cook County State's Attorney
-Thomas Geragthy, former "Next Friend" in the Cook County litigation, Professor of Law and Director Emeritus, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
-Ben Wolf - former Legal Director of the ACLU of Illinois, former Director of the ACLU of Illinois' Institutional Reform Project, and lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the Jimmy Doe v. Cook County litigation.
Panel Two: How Could Cook County’s Experience Apply to the New York City Jails
Moderator: Errol Louis, NY1
-Gladys Carrión, senior fellow, Columbia Justice Lab; former Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children's Services
-Zachary Carter, former NYC Corporation Counsel, former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of NY, and Chairman of the Board of the Legal Aid Society
-Michael Jacobson, Executive Director CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, Professor, Sociology Department CUNY Graduate Center and former Commissioner, NYC Departments of Correction and Probation
-Stanley Richards, Deputy CEO Fortune Society, former First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Correction, and former Vice-Chair, NYC Board of Correction
Elizabeth Glazer, Vital City; former Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice