Bronx Community Solutions

Search This Blog

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bronx Week Event

On May, 19th, 2012 the Bronx Reentry working group, co-chaired by Pamela A. Valeria, PhD, Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ramon Semorille, crew supervisor for Bronx Communtiy Solutions, participated in this years Bronx Week event by hosting it's 2nd annual communtiy forum and resource fair titled, "I'm Home...What Next?".

The day held many interesting presentations, including a panel discussion on the '.. new face of alternative sentencing'. Representatives from parole, probation and the center for court innovation discussed thier responses to communtiy supervision. While another presentation, given by Joshua S. Sevin, Deputy Director,of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia shared his reseach finding that highlighted the benefits to employers who hire formerly incarcerated individuals.

Opening remarks were given by the co-chair, Ramon Semorille who touchingly acknoweledged the working groups co-founder and former chair, Mandolin Restivo for all her hard work and passionate dedication to this group and this cause. Community partners, presentors and attendee's alike, came away from this forum with more knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the issues and concerns affecting our returning citizens in the Bronx.

Special thanks goes to TK Singleton, coordinator of community initatives and Lee Serano, intern from the New York Juvenile Justice Corp for thier hard work and contribution to the success of this forum.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I'm Home....What's Next? 2nd Annual Bronx Reentry Working Group forum and Resource Fair

Join Bronx-based organizations as well as individuals who have
successfully returned home after incarceration.

The Bronx Reentry Working Group(a Bronx-based coalition of academic-community partners,
corrections, reentry, policy-makers, and residents committed to addressing the social and health disparities of individuals with histories of criminal justice involvement) invites you to join us on

Saturday May 19, 2012 from 12:00 -5:00 pm
Lehman College, Music Room 330
B,D,4 to Bedford Park Blvd
Enter @ Bedford Park Blvd West (across from Jerome Field.)
Music Building will be the 2nd building on left past tennis courts.

This FREE day will include:
-A Resource Fair
-A panel presentation about community
-A workshop on health
-Information on employment
*Light Refreshments will be served*

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Prosecutors Focus on Pimps and Clients, Instead of Prostitutes

New York Times Article posted yesterday (NY/region section)

It was not exactly a run-of-the-mill prostitution case: the men accused as ringleaders were a father and his son, a pimp team coercing women to push their trade like traveling sex saleswomen, handing out business cards at hotels and strip clubs.

The women were branded, tattooed with the pimps’ monikers, Mr. Vee for the father and King Koby for the son, Manhattan prosecutors said. One woman was even tattooed with a bar code.(click here for full article post)

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

LAW DAY 2012

Bronx Community Solutions conducted it's first every, and quiet ambitious.... two- day event to celebrate LAW DAY. This year's theme was "No Courts, No Justice, and No Freedom through the eyes of women." In this event, we chose to explore how courts play an integral role in society and how women help facilitate that every day.

Over 100 middle school age kids attended, they were all given the opportunity to speak with key court players, and a few even had one-on-one time/break-out sessions with judges, assistant district attorneys and the Bronx defense bar.

Bronx youth toured both the Bronx criminal and supreme courts, spent time in the holding cells participated in panel discussions and final had break out sessions with officers, attorneys and judges.
The favorite part of the day's vent was the end- not because it was over but because one of our guest, the Honorable Judge Scherzer asked for 10 more minutes with her group.