On May 9, 2019, Board Vice Chair Stanley Richards, Board Member Robert Cohen, and the Board's Executive Director Martha King provided testimony before the 2019 Charter Revision Commission, calling for the Commission to endorse its staff recommendations to tie the Board's budget to the Department of Correction's. Read their testimony.
National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and correctional oversight experts Michele Deitch and Kate Eves submitted additional comments to the Charter Revision Commission.
On March 15, 2019, the Board’s Executive Director Martha King and Board Member Robert Cohen attended the NYC Symposium on Oversight of Law Enforcement, hosted by the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Office for Advancement of Research.
Executive Director King moderated a panel on oversight of correctional health and mental health in jails and prisons. The panel featured experts in the field, including Board Member Robert Cohen, M.D., and discussed strategies for investigating, monitoring, and improving the quality of and access to correctional healthcare. Download the panel resource guide.
On March 14, 2019, the Board's Executive Director Martha King, Board Member Robert Cohen, and Deputy Executive Director of Research Emily Turner provided testimony to City Council's Commitee on Criminal Justice on BOC's current budget and highlights of the Board's oversight over the past year. Read ED King's statement.
On January 29, 2018, the Board's Executive Director Martha King, Deputy Executive Director of Research Emily Turner, and Senior Director of Research Nashla Rivas Salas provided testimony to City Council's Committee on Criminal Justice on DOC's process for addressing complaints in the city jails. Read ED King's statement and BOC's summary presentation on the grievance process.