This edition: Breathing Space: Is There Life After Prison?
First aired: November 4, 2015.
What do an artisanal ice-cream shop, organic local vineyard and a construction business have in common? They were all innovations of formerly incarcerated people or, as is the preferred term, ‘returning citizens.’ A program in the Catskills started by two former inmates turned business entrepreneurs. Ray Rios and Angel Ramos (John Jay alum) discuss their “Breathing Space” sanctuary with Criminal Justice Matters host Stephen Handelman. Professors Yolanda Martin of BMCC and Robert Garot of John Jay introduce their documentary film on the project.
Robert Garot Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Yolanda Martin Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Angel Ramos Chief Executive, Breathing Space
Ray Rios Chairman of the Board, Breathing Space