The New York Bar Foundation sponsors “Red Hook Justice” on PBS
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May 20, 2005
ALBANY – The New York Bar Foundation announced that it is proud to be a sponsor—providing important seed funding—to the break-through film, Red Hook Justice, which documents the innovative Red Hook Community Justice Center, an experimental court that offers criminal offenders an alternative to prison. The documentary is scheduled to air on PBS at 10:00 p.m. on May 24, 2005.
The film illustrates the results of an innovative experiment in justice first proposed by New York’s Chief Judge, Judith S. Kaye, where criminal offenders are mandated to drug treatment, job training and extensive community service in lieu of prison. But it's no easy way out. Offenders quickly learn that turning their lives around is difficult and requires commitment, strength, and support.
“We’re proud of our participation in bringing Red Hook Justice to fruition. Providing key seed funding to a project such as this underscores our commitment to increasing public understanding of the law and improving our justice system,” said Robert L. Haig, president of The New York Bar Foundation and a partner in the New York law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Each year, The New York Bar Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm of the state bar, provides more than $300,000 in grants – almost all of it the result of voluntary contributions from NYSBA members – to programs that range from providing direct legal services for low-income persons to educating high school students about the justice system and informing New Yorkers about legal rights and responsibilities.
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