By: Shneaqua Purvis, AMNY
As a lifelong resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, I know a lot about crime and punishment. During this recent election season, we heard a lot about the subject from politicians of all stripes.
Now, it’s my turn to speak – and to explain why I am supporting expanded parole release opportunities as a survivor
I am the Executive Director of Both Sides of the Violence, Inc., which provides services to justice-impacted youth and grief support for victims, along with other resources for our community. We work in NYCHA developments, schools, and jails, promoting proactive ways to stop violence. I’m also a Chaplain, with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities, and I serve on my Community Board and the 79th Precinct Clergy council.