The Stigma That Keeps Us in Prison

For seven months last year, I had the honor of serving as First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction under then-Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi.

During a recent talk radio segment, a corrections officer called in with an opinion about my being hired for that post. “I hope this isn’t going to come out the wrong way,” he said. “But I can’t ever imagine a police commissioner or a fire commissioner as their first act hiring an ex-arsonist or an ex-bank robber to be a deputy commissioner, and I don’t know why it...

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