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The Fortune Society’s Reentry Debate Team was joined by members of the New York State Legislature, The City Council, and the Mayor’s Office, for a parliamentary debate held on Dec. 19 at the Ford Foundation on ending pretrial detention and the cash bail system in New York state. Pictured left to right from the winning team, which argued in favor of eliminating cash bail, were City Council member Daniel Dromm (District 25) and Fortune debater Felix Guzman, joined by Khalil Cumberbatch, Associate Vice President of Policy, David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society. The Fortune Society is a nonprofit social service and advocacy organization supporting successful reentry from prison and promoting alternatives to incarceration. The group and The Rikers Debate Project have been collaborating since August to host weekly workshops that help Fortune clients learn the art of debate while discussing issues critical to criminal justice system reform.

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