Restorative Justice and Interfaith

9 December, 2020

Christopher J. Moss, Chemung County Executive discussed the Chemung County Law Enforcement Reinvention Initiative on the Chemung County website.

“On June 12, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 requiring local governments to adopt police reform policies to enhance the manner in which services that are being provided to the public can be improved (for more information see here).  The Executive Order is being implemented by municipalities in a variety of formats across the State, as the number and size of agencies in each respective County differs greatly. There are approximately 514 law enforcement agencies in New York State.”

Chemung County Law Enforcement Reinvention Initiative
Chemung County Law Enforcement Reinvention Initiative

Our member, Imam Zaman Marwat, Education Director of the Horseheads IAFL Islamic Center participated in implementing the Chemung County plan.

Courtesy State of new York
Courtesy State of new York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new guidance for the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, which was established by the Governor’s Executive Order in June. The guidance offers a framework and topics for consideration by local police departments, elected officials and citizens as they develop their local plans for reform. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, every locality must adopt a plan for reform by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding. 

The Governor also issued a letter to 500 jurisdictions with police departments in New York State. 

Guidance Available Here.

“We have to address the tensions and lack of trust between our communities and the law enforcement that serves them. I am sending a letter to 500 jurisdictions, explaining that it is imperative that we address this urgent crisis,” Governor Cuomo said. “I understand it’s complicated. I understand it’s difficult. But people are dying. New Yorkers do not run from a crisis – this is a time for leadership and action. Local elected officials must work together with the community and their police forces, to develop and implement reforms for a safer, fairer policing standard.”

Tompkins County and the City and Town of Ithaca have also made significant changes to the reinvention of law enforcement.

See also: New York Peace Institute on Restorative Justice


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