Does Zero Tolerance Make Us Safer? Crime and Punishment in America

September 20, 2004 | College of Staten Island

Does a “zero tolerance” approach to crime and criminals actually make our city safer? Or is it rhetoric designed to make us “feel” safer?

College of Staten Island (CSI) alumni, who are experts in the legal system, will address this question with moderator Jeffrey Kroessler, oral historian at the college, on Monday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall (1P-120) at 2800 Victory Boulevard in Willowbrook.

The 90 minute program will include targeted questions for each panelist, general discussion, and an audience question and answer session. After the program, the panelists will be available to talk to individuals contemplating a career in criminal justice or law.

Panelists include:
• The Honorable Barbara Irolla Panepinto ‘76; Justice, Supreme Court of Kings County
• Eugene Lamb, Esq., ‘70; Defense Attorney
• Louis Diamond, Esq., ‘69; Defense Attorney
• John Castelli, ‘91; Director, Citizens Action Center, King’s County DA’s Office
• Yolanda Rudich, ‘79; Chief, Sex Crimes/Special Victims Bureau, Richmond County DA’s Office

The event is free and open to the public. The program is jointly sponsored by the College of Staten Island’s Staten Island Project; Political Science Club; American Democracy Project; Alumni Association; and Career Placement office.

For more information contact Francine Raggi in the CSI alumni office at (718) 982-2290.