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N.Y. Justice Dem Appears to Support Substituting Art Class for Jail Time


Added 01-15-20 05:20:02pm EST - “A New York City congressional candidate endorsed by the same progressive group that backed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) appears to support substituting jail time with art class.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “N.Y. Justice Dem Appears to Support Substituting Jail Time With Art Class”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A New York City congressional candidate endorsed by the same progressive group that backed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) appears to support supplanting jail time with art classes.

Democrat congressional hopeful Jamaal Bowman on Wednesday shared an article detailing a New York City program that allows arrestees to avoid prosecution by attending a two-hour art course. Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez said the program is about "holding people accountable." Any perpetrator who attends the course has their case dismissed with no criminal record registered.

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According to an artist involved in the program, the class consists of "a group discussion of the artworks and an art-making workshop."

In his tweet sharing the article, Bowman quoted one of the program's participants. The arrestee said the program "definitely helped me avoid the anxiety of having to attend an actual court date for a mistake I made."

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